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Holden Will Sign 5 Crime Bills into Law Today

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Gov. Bob Holden (KWMU file photo)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Governor Bob Holden is scheduled to sign five crime-related pieces of legislation into law this morning (Monday) in Creve Coeur.

One measure toughens penalties for possessing child pornography and prohibits sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of a school.

Another makes it a crime to burn a cross.

A third measure makes it a crime to escape from a sexual predator lock up. That was a response to Thomas Ingrassia's escape from the state's sexual predator lock-up in Farmington.

He was found last year, after he'd been living in Florida for two years under a different name.

He then told the Post-Dispatch he broke out because he had read through Missouri's laws and discovered he couldn't be punished for escaping.

As it is, Ingrassia only faces charges of damaging state property by cutting the fence through which he escaped.

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