What is "visual sexual aggression," you ask? Well, it's "peering" at children in public, which could get you in trouble in Maine:
Under the bill, if someone is arrested for viewing children in a public place, it would be a Class D felony if the child is between 12 to 14 years old and a Class C felony if the child is under 12, according to Alexander.
I can think of just a few objections to this approach, including the difficulty of differentiating between plain, old normal "looking" and "peering" with evil intent. And that pesky Constitution would probably be violated.
In the meantime, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking up the issue of whether a state can execute someone for the rape of a child:
In 1977, thesaid states cannot execute anyone for the rape of an adult. But the high court did not address the rape of a child.
The last time someone in the U.S. was executed for something other than murder was in 1964, when a man went to the electric chair infor robbery. That same year, a man in went to the gas chamber in what was the last time someone in this country was put to death for rape.
Louisiana is the only state with someone on death row for rape of an adult or child. In fact, it has two people awaiting execution for child rape. At least five other states — Georgia,, , and — have similar laws.
The "peering" law pretty clearly goes too far, but I have mixed feelings about the death penalty for child rape. Those particular criminals are at least as despicable as murderers, but the possibility of unintended consequences should be considered. Anytime there is the death penalty for anything short of murder, one likely outcome is the creation of even more murder victims. As the story notes, what's the criminal got to lose?