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3,000 support petition for paedophiles to face tougher sentences

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A PETITION calling for tougher sanctions for paedophiles has attracted more than 3,000 signatures.

Cheyenne O'Connor

Cheyenne O’Connor is calling for the government to change the law, so that it includes a minimum of three years in prison for offenders and for them to remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

The woman behind the petition has so far helped to bring 13 local men to justice by posing as children on dating websites.

The petition was met with a response from the States when it went over 1,000 signatures, and is now less than 2,000 away from being considered for a debate in the States Assembly.

She is hoping a further spike in signatures will help get the petition over the line. She said: ‘The sentences are too lenient and there needs to be changes.

‘The government does not seem that bothered about it but it needs to change.

‘We will continue to carry this petition on.’

The petition states that the ‘people of Jersey are sick and tired of seeing paedophiles either found guilty of abusing, or attempting to abuse, our children being handed lenient prison sentences (if any prison sentence) by the Jersey courts.’

The campaigner vowed in February to continue to protest about Jersey’s sentencing policy for child sex offenders until she has had a face-to-face meeting with the Island’s senior prosecutor.

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In March it was also revealed she was planning to produce advice booklets for parents to help keep their children safe on social media apps.

The mother-of-two was in the early stages of the project, which she says she plans to fund herself. Her goal is to produce information about various safety features and privacy settings on apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok and Meet4U, among others.

She was responding to requests from parents and using the knowledge of the apps that she had gained through her work snaring sexual offenders.

As the petition surpassed 3,000, the campaigner added that she felt not enough was being done to protect the Island’s youngsters.

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