NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


March 2, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

SEXUAL PREDATOR BILL INTRODUCED TUESDAY
CURRAN, FAMILY OF FREDERICK VICTIM TO TESTIFY

Del. Sue Hecht to Introduce "Christopherís Law"

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., who recently toured the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility in Larned, Kansas, which treats convicted sex offenders after their release from prison, will be among those testifying in support of Delegate Sue Hechtís bill, which would allow for the placement of sexually violent predators in mental institutions after their prison sentences. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. before the General Assemblyís House Judiciary Committee.

Also testifying in support of the bill are family members of 9-year-old Christopher Ausherman, who was found dead in a Frederick baseball dugout on November 20, 2000. Convicted sex offender Elmer Spencer, Jr., was arrested the following day. Gene and Peggy Schmidt, whose daughter Stephanie was murdered by a convicted sex offender in 1993, will be traveling from Kansas to testify on behalf of "Christopherís Law."

Prior to the hearing, Attorney General Curran, Delegate Hecht, and members of the Ausherman and Schmidt families, will be available to the media in Room 406 in the Lowe House Office Building.

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