7/1/2008 State of New York Moves to Close Loop Hole for Sex Offenders

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State of New York Moves to Close Loop Hole for Sex Offenders

Empire State News

ALBANY – Legislation sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos that has passed both houses of the Legislature will require persons convicted of three federal sex offenses to register as sex offenders in New York State and that information will be available to the public. The bill will now go to the Governor for his consideration.

Persons convicted of the federal crimes of transportation of minors, coercion and enticement, and use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor, are not now required to register as sex offenders in New York State. Although these offenses all involve either enticement or sexual contact with minors, persons convicted of these offenses are escaping registration because there is no equivalent New York sex offense.

“Currently, individuals who are convicted of the federal crimes of coercion and enticement, or transportation of minors are not required to register on New York State’s sex offender registry despite the fact that these dangerous criminals pose a serious threat to our children and our communities,” said Skelos, who authored the landmark Megan’s Law that created the sex offender registry. “This legislation will close a dangerous loophole and ensure that families are better informed and better protected. I urge the Governor to sign this measure into law.”

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