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Ross Spano

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        Request for Cosponsor(s)



Current cosponsors include: Gaetz (R-FL); Smith (R-MO); Duncan (R-SC); Joyce (R-PA); Norman (R-SC); Crenshaw (R-TX); Posey (R-FL); Cole (R-OK); Hagedorn (R-MN); Roe (R-TN); Gibbs (R-OH); Barr (R-KY); LaMalfa (R-CA); Wilson (R-SC);
Scalise (R-LA); Taylor (R-TX); Guest (R-MS); Baird (R-IN); Brooks (R-AL); Pence (R-IN); Allen (R-GA); Calvert (R-CA); and Weber (R-TX).


Dear Colleague:

I invite you to cosponsor H.R. 3816, the No Pensions for Pedophiles Act, which would add federal crimes related to the sexual abuse of children as instances that would require the forfeiture of federal retirement annuities.

I was disturbed to read news reports earlier this year from the
Wall Street Journal
PBS Frontline
surrounding an Indian Health Service doctor who was convicted of sexually abusing two boys on a reservation in Montana. The doctor is awaiting trial in a second case regarding accusations that he sexually assaulted additional boys while working
at a hospital in South Dakota. 

According to the WSJ and PBS Frontline investigation, the individual will continue receiving his federal pension, which could be as high as $1.8 million, during his 18-year prison sentence.

The bill would ensure that taxpayers are not responsible for continuing to pay the pensions individuals convicted of federal crimes related to the sexual abuse of children by amending the Hiss Act (PL 83-769), which requires a federal employee’s retirement
annuities to be forfeited after being convicted of certain federal crimes relating to disloyalty or involving national security or national defense-related offenses against the United States. Individuals would be allowed to receive their own contributions
to the retirement system back.

By applying to federal crimes related to child sex abuse, the legislation would target individuals like the Indian Health Service doctor, who committed these heinous acts in his official capacity as an employee of the federal government. Federal laws related
to child sex abuse generally apply when the crime is interstate in nature or if the sexual abuse of a child occurred on federal lands (See
18 U.S.C. § 7). 

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please reach out to Gus Ashton in Congressman Spano’s office at or 5-1252.



Member of Congress 

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Finance, Government, Judiciary

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Type: 3816
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