Governor Schwarzenegger Signs "Chelsea's Law"

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SAN DIEGO -- Convicted child molesters in California now face life in prison after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed "Chelsea's Law" Thursday.

The Governor was joined by Chelsea's parents, Brent and Kelly King, as he signed the new law during a ceremony in Balboa Park.

The measure, named for slain Poway High School senior Chelsea King, calls for mandatory life sentences without parole for violent sex crimes against children.

It also tightens sex offense parole guidelines and requires lifelong tracking of certain sex offenders.

The state Senate passed "Chelsea's Law" on a unanimous vote.

Chelsea King was raped and murdered earlier this year by registered sex offender John Gardner who also admitted killing 14-year-old Amber Dubois.

The new law will lock up first time convicted child molesters for life and ban registered sex offenders from public parks.

Assembly Bill 1844 will:

- Impose a life sentence without the possibility of parole for those convicted of a violent sexual crime against a child under the age of 14.

- Impose a sentence of 25-years-to-life for other forcible sex crimes, depending on the circumstances.

- Require habitual sex offenders to be tracked with a GPS for life.

- Ban sex offenders on parole from public parks. The ban will be lifted once they are released from parole.

- Implement a "containment model" strategy that involves more costly treatment, intensive monitoring, and polygraph tests to reduce recidivism.

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