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With Moran Absent, Deeds Vows to Help Alicia

Tim Craig

Last year, former delegate Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) both took leading roles in pushing for Alicia's Law, which provides funding for two Internet Crimes Against Children law enforcement task forces.

The law is named after Alicia Kozakiewicz, who at age 13 was abducted and assaulted in a Herndon basement by a man she met online. Last year, Moran joined Kozakiewicz at a press conference in Richmond to push for the law.

But because Moran left the House to focus on his bid for governor, Deeds had the spotlight to himself at another event with Kozakiewicz today at the State House. Kozakiewicz and her mother, both of whom live in Pittsburgh, were back in Richmond because there is no funding for Alicia's Law in next year's budget proposal. Deeds, who was joined by Del. Phillip Hamilton (R-Newport News), vows he will find $1.5 million to continue the program, which was also praised by law enforcement officials.

"This is a drop in the bucket," said Deeds, also a Democratic candidate for governor. "Even if it saves one child, one Alicia, it's worth it."

Moran also issued a statement today calling on legislators to continue the funding. But the Deeds campaign quickly highlighted that Moran was powerless this year because he gave up his House seat so he can raise money for his campaign.

"Unfortunately, (Moran) is not here to do anything about it," said Peter Jackson, a Deeds spokesman. "Creigh Deeds has picked up the charge."

By Tim Craig  |  January 29, 2009; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Tim Craig  
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As the director of PROTECT, I was there with Alicia and Brian Moran when this fight began last year... and there with Alicia today at the press conference. He may have been out on the campaign trail today, but let me say this about Brian Moran: he is loved by Alicia and deeply respected by us as a warrior for kids. Brian Moran is still very much leading this fight.

Posted by: GrierWeeks | January 29, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

For the record, last year, it was the House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee that secured the $1.5 million in state funding for the two ICAC task forces in the House budget. The Senate budget did not include any such funding. It was the House budget conferees that stood firm against the Senate Democrat budget conferees, who resisted this funding, and made sure FY 09 funding was included in the final budget for the ICAC task forces. Without the efforts of Republican Delegates Beverly Sherwood and Phillip Hamilton the ICAC funding would not have been included. In addition, it has been Attorney General Bob McDonnell who has led the fight to reform Virginia's sex offender laws, combat internet predators, and promote youth internet safety.

Posted by: philliphamilton | January 30, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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