Lawmakers work to keep alleged sex offenders away from their victims

CREATED Apr. 22, 2013

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RACINE - A Racine father is getting some help from lawmakers after police say his neighbor did the unthinkable.

State Representatives Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Thomas Weatherston (R-Caledonia) introduced bipartisan legislation to protect victims of child assault.

The legislation comes after Robert Lambkin was charged with sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl.

The alleged victim lives next door to Lambkin. Her family said she was traumatized after spotting him next door after he was let out of jail.

"As a father of young children, I cannot imagine the nightmare of one of my children being assaulted," Rep. Mason said. "Families living that nightmare should not have to be traumatized again."

If approved, the law would not allow a person charged with sexual assault from coming within 250 feet of the victim.

Lawmakers are currently circulating the bill. It could be voted on as early as June.