Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) will join the Childrens Assessment Center and federal, state, and local law enforcement to announce the Protecting Americas Children Act. This legislation aims to provide protection against the pre-trial release of an individual charged with a sexual offense against a minor who presents a flight risk or danger to society.

Sexual offenses against children are among the most heinous crimes committed in our society, said Congressman Poe. Moreover, statistics show that child sexual predators often have multiple victims and continue to commit sexual offenses after their release from incarceration. We must not only ensure that those who perpetrate these crimes are swiftly and vigorously prosecuted, but must also prevent dangerous sex offenders from victimizing other children while awaiting trial.

On Monday, Congressman Poe was joined by Elaine Stolte, Director, Childrens Assessment Center; Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia; HPD Assistant Chief Michael Durbin; Assistant US Attorney Brit Featherston, Eastern District of Texas; Gary Blankinship, President, Houston Police Officers Union; John Donovan, Harris County Judge Emmetts Office; and Amy Smith, Houston Crime Stoppers at a press conference to announce this important legislation.

H.R. 2674 Protecting Americas Children Act of 2009:

  • Prohibits the Attorney General from administering grant funds to a State or unit of local government that fails to certify that the laws of the State or local government provide adequate protection against the pre-trial release of an individual charged with a sexual offense against a minor who presents a flight risk or danger to society.

Prior to serving in Congress, Congressman Poe served as a prosecutor and judge in Harris County for 30 years. Judge Poe was recognized nationally for his creative punishment of criminals or Poetic Justice. Congressman Poe is the founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Victims Rights Caucus in Washington, DC advocating on behalf of victims in our nations capitol. Congressman Poe is a life-long advocate and supporter of victims, children and law enforcement issues and serves on the board of the Childrens Assessment Center in Houston, Texas.