Thursday, July 22, 2010

Senate Passes Bill Aimed at Sex Offenders

New legislation unanimously passed by the state Senate is aimed to prevent employers from hiring registered sex of- fenders.

“Our primary objective must be to keep our children safe from dangerous predators,” said Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach). “This legislation reduces the risk of exposing new victims to sexual abuse by keeping known offenders from spending extended time alone around children, like at martial arts or dance and music schools, in addition to our local schools, daycare facilities and camps.”

Under the legislation, those listed on the New York State Sex Offender Registry or the Statewide Central Registry of Child Abuse and Maltreatment are prevented from holding jobs that require a significant time spent around children.

Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) introduced the bill in the Assembly after learning that a registered sex offender was working at a karate school in Glendale. “Extending the background check requirement to other child-oriented fields benefits the whole community,” he said. “It gives parents the peace of mind of knowing their child is safe, it guards sex offenders and abusers from potentially committing another violation, and it reduces the risk of creating new victims of sexual abuse by prohibiting known offenders from interacting with children.”

A vote on the bill is pending in the Assembly. “This is great news for parents and children across New York,” Miller said. “Getting this through the Assembly and signed into law is my first priority.”

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