2009-10-01 / Other News

New Sex Offender Law Provides E-Mail Updates

“Cracking down on sex offenders who prey on our children is one of my top priorities,” said Brooklyn Assemblyman Alan Maisel. Under a new law he supported and helped pass, it will be easier for families to find out if a dangerous sexual predator has moved into their neighborhood.

Residents will be able to receive free automatic e-mail updates about the presence of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders in the community beginning next March.

In the past, concerned residents, if not otherwise specifically notified, would have had to check the sex offender registry for updates. This legislation allows any state resident, who signs up with the Division of Criminal Justice Services to receive automatic e-mail notifications when a registered sex offender moves into the neighborhood. This initiative will help protect our communities through increased awareness.

The law provides residents with an additional means to acquire information about registered Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders who reside in their communities. Residents will be able to request e-mail updates for up to three counties or ZIP codes, and the service will be free of charge.

E-mail notifications allow families to keep tabs on sex offenders who live in Local Area in a convenient and hasslefree way. Giving families more information about sex offenders in their community helps keep their children safe.

The law:

Creates the crime of luring a child into a motor vehicle, building or isolated area with the intent of committing any violent felony or felony sex offense.

Provides for the automatic revocation of a teaching license or certificate held by any teacher, including teaching assistants, school counselors, social workers, psychologists, school administrators, supervisors or superintendents of schools, convicted of a sex offense.

The Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act prevents sexual predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites by prohibiting sex offenders from using the Internet for inappropriate reasons.

The Sex Offender Registration Act (Megan’s Law) requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services to expand the sex offender Internet posting to include Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.

Assemblyman Maisel said, “These bills work to keep sex offenders from preying on victims and build on the Assembly’s longstanding commitment to protect children from dangerous sexual predators. I will continue fighting for new ways to protect children from sexual predators.”

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