Missouri Supreme Court limits convicted sex offenders to supervised visitation only
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Missouri Supreme Court limits convicted sex offenders to supervised visitation only

Date: April 14, 2009
By: Elizabeth Billingsley
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law prohibiting convicted sex offenders from having custody or unsupervised visitation rights. RunTime:0:48
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In 2006, James Randy Cannon asked for the right to visit with his children and stepchildren without supervision - including the stepdaughter whom he had admittedly raped and sodomized for over a year and a half.

The Cole County Circuit Court granted Cannon's request and even ordered joint custody of the children.

The Supreme Court overturned the ruling, barring Cannon from having any unsupervised visitation.

Attorney William Pete Nacy represented Cannon's ex-wife and says the court made the decision it had to make.

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Description: "To, on these facts, hope it's going to be held unconstitutional, again I say, requires quite the leap of faith and the Supreme Court wasn't willing to make that leap at all."
 
Nacy says the Court's decision is a victory for all children.
 
From Jefferson City, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.
Intro: The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a statute prohibiting convicted sex offenders from having custody or unsupervised visitation of children. RunTime:0:42
OutCue: SOC

The state's highest court ruled that limiting sex offenders to supervised visits with their children does not violate a parent's fundamental rights. 

The decision stems from James Randy Cannon's 2006 request to have unsupervised visitation of his children and stepchildren -- including the stepdaughter whom he had admittedly raped and sodomized for over a year and a half.

William Pete Nacy represented Cannon's ex-wife.

He says the victory isn't just his client's win.

 

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Description: "I think it's a victory for the safety of children, which is why the Legislature passed this legislation in the first place."

Cannon has never had unsupervised visitation of the children. 

From Jefferson City, I'm Elizabeth Billingsley.