MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – The Town of Mount Pleasant is taking a step to ensure the safety of children after parents raised concerns about two instances of what they called of child luring.
Mount Pleasant Police investigated and found the claims to be unfounded.
The incidents did raise alarms about the lack of clear legislation defining child luring.
This week, Mount Pleasant Town Council voted to express their support for a bill to change that; defining child luring and creating penalties for guilty offenders.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie says police and parents made it clear they want to see this bill passed.
“Our police relayed to us it would make it easier to distinguish the difference between luring a child from a place of safety to a place of vulnerability to the attempt of kidnapping someone, which is a higher threshold,” he said.
According to the bill, an offender 18 years or older would have to lure a child away from their location to be charged with the misdemeanor.
Penalties range in fines to up-to 10 years in prison depending on the number of offenses and the child’s age.