No two sex offenders are the same, which is why Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants California to consider a tiered system to categorize those who break the state's sex laws.
As he points out, there is a gradation of offenses. It's true that a consensual, sexual relationship between a 21-year-old and a 16-year-old, for instance, is not even in the same league as a person who sexually assaults a 3-year-old. However, in both scenarios, the guilty party is stamped a sex offender for life.
To get to the bottom of this issue, the veteran assemblyman will hold the first hearing Tuesday, where experts will discuss the merits of this “black and white” system.