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Minister meets Megan parents.

Byline: By Wales on Sunday

A home Office minister last night met the parents of the girl whose murder led to the controversial Megan's Law in the USA.

Gerry Sutcliffe travelled to New Jersey to discuss the legislation, which allows parents to be informed of the whereabouts of sex offenders living in their communities.

His discussions with Richard and Maureen Kanka come as the Government examines the way Britain manages child sex offenders following release from prison. The visit was sparked by the jailing of convicted paedophile Craig Sweeney, who kidnapped and abused a three-year-old Cardiff girl.

Following his hour-long meeting with the Kankas, Mr Sutcliffe indicated that he did not expect any legislation in the UK to be a direct copy of Megan's Law.

He said any changes here would have to combine a multi-agency approach, treatment where possible and 'controlled information so people know what is going on in their communities'.

His review will take evidence from Europe and the world before he presents his proposals to the Home Secretary in the autumn.

Megan's Law was created after the seven-year-old was raped and strangled by convicted paedophile Jess Timmendequas in July 1994. Unknown to her parents, the killer had moved into their street in Hamilton, New Jersey.
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 23, 2006
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