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Smyth Surrogate Stalker Act Clears Committee

Bill passes Senate Public Safety Committee on path to approval.

 

Assembly Bill 534, authored by Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, today passed out of the Senate Public Safety Committee.  This bill, which is known as the “Surrogate Stalker Act” is in an attempt to stop pedophiles and surrogate stalkers such as Jack McClellan. 

 

“I am very pleased that my colleagues in the Senate Public Safety Committee understand the importance of this legislation,” said Smyth.  “I would especially like to thank the Chair of the Committee, Senator Gloria Romero, for her support and willingness to serve as a co-author. As a father of two, nothing is more important to me than the safety of our children.  This legislation will help ensure that our children can grow up in a society in which they can go to parks and amusement centers without the worry of being victimized by sexual predators.”

 

McClellan, a self proclaimed pedophile, had been in and around the Southern California area researching places where children congregate, and then posting descriptions of specific children at these places, on his website, for other pedophiles to use as a resource.

 

AB 534 would make it a misdemeanor to engage in surrogate stalking, which is the act of publishing photos, physical descriptions, and/or locations of children with the intent that another person uses that information to commit a crime against a child