State senators are considering a proposal that would allow South Carolina to execute those convicted two or more times of sexually assaulting children.
The amendment came as the Senate took up sexual offender legislation crafted in response to a Florida girl kidnapped and killed last year and a week after a Hartsville man was charged with abducting two girls to an underground shelter and assaulting them.
Currently, South Carolina prosecutors can only seek the death penalty for murder with aggravating circumstances. If the proposed amendment by Sen. Kevin Bryant of Anderson passes, South Carolina would join Louisiana as the only other state to allow the death penalty for an offense other than murder, senators said.
`They may never recover from this,` Bryant said Wednesday of children who are assaulted. `I say that`s just as bad as taking a life.`