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Thomasville woman named to Sex Offender Board

September 20, 2006

Thomasville-  The number of sex offender cases in Georgia is on the rise.  Recent attention from a Dateline Report prompted Governor Sonny Perdue to go after sexual predators and offenders. The Governor is also strengthening the state's Sex offender Review Board. A Thomasville woman is the only representative appointed from south Georgia.

This new television ad shows cracking down on sex offenders is an important part of Governor Sonny Perdue's re-election campaign.

"I'm worried about these creepy guys on the Internet preying on our children. I know you are babe, and I am too, that's why we're going to create CSI Georgia, a child safety initiative tripling our GBI agents," reads the campaign ad. 

Changes to Georgia's sex offender law has also expanded the Sex Offender Registration Review Board. Karen Ambrose of Thomasville is the only south Georgia representative.

"We will determine the likelihood as to whether or not a sexual offender will commit another offense against a victim, who's a minor or even commit another offense," said Karen Ambrose, New SORRB Member.

As a victim's advocate for the Southern Judicial Circuit Ambrose sees the affects of these crimes everyday.

"I think that they want the victim's advocate's input on this because we do deal with the crime victims on a daily basis and in our office in Thomas County we're helping victims of crime, this sort of crime and we see the affects it has in their lives," said Ambrose.

The 15 member board will determine how an offender is labeled and they'll have their hands full.

"We'll be reviewing about 200 cases a month and they'll be from all over so they won't just be from the Thomas County area," said Ambrose.

Each regional board will include law enforcement, a clinician and a victim advocate. Ambrose hopes her input will make a difference.

"If a child is molested it will affect them the rest of their life at times they can move on, but it does affect them," said Karen. 

Her assessment will then be passed on to Sheriff's and Parole Boards and will affect the lives of predators and offenders.

If the review board labels a sex offender as a dangerous predator, that person will be required to be placed on electronic monitoring if they are ever released from prison.

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