senate Bill S1541A

Makes provisions with respect to sexual assault against a child by a person in a position of trust

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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 01 / Mar / 2011
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.112
  • 02 / Mar / 2011
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 03 / Mar / 2011
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 30 / Mar / 2011
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 30 / Mar / 2011
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 30 / Mar / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 08 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CODES
  • 08 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 1541A
  • 14 / Feb / 2012
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.201
  • 15 / Feb / 2012
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 29 / Feb / 2012
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 05 / Mar / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Establishes offenses of sexual assault against a child by a person in a position of trust for the subjection of a child to sexual contact by a person in a position of trust; defines "person in position of trust" as a person charged with the duty or responsibility for health, education, welfare or supervision of a child; provides such offenses in the first and second degrees shall be violent felony offenses.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1541
S1541A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§70.02 & 130.00, add §§130.97, 130.98 & 130.99, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S1481

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BILL NUMBER:S1541A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual assault against a child by
a person in a position of trust

PURPOSE:
To increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a minor and
a person in a position of trust.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Article 130 of the NYS Penal Law is amended to add three new crimes in
relation to sexual assault of a child by a person in a position of
trust. These new crimes are sexual assault against a child by a
person in a position of trust in the first, second and third degrees.
Also newly defined in Section 130 is "person in a position of trust."

EXISTING LAW:
There are prohibitions against sexual contact with a minor but the law
does not presently increase the penalties with regard to a person in
a position of trust.

JUSTIFICATION:
Parents are not with their children every moment of every day. It is
just not possible, nor is it a good idea for the parent or the child.
Therefore it is necessary that children are supervised by other
adults for various periods of time during the child's life. This
could start with a day-care center, a nursery school, school,
athletics or group activities.

These adults are responsible for these children while under their
supervision. These children should not be subjected to any sexual
contact. If there is any, the adults should be held to a stricter
standard and punished to a greater degree because of the special
relationships between the minor and the adult.

If parents entrust their children into the care of another adult, the
parents should be able to have a sense of security that their child
will not be subject to any sexual contact while under that other
adult's supervision.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009/10 - S.1481 - Referred to Codes
2007/08 - S.432 - Passed Senate Non-Controversial
59-0/Assembly Codes
2005/06 - S.480A - Passed Senate/Assembly Codes
2003/04 - S.550/A.2904 - Passed Senate/Assembly Codes
2001/02 - S.386A - Passed Senate/Assembly Codes
1999/00 - S.973A - Passed Senate/Assembly Codes
1997/98 - Passed Senate/Assembly Codes

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeeding
the date on which it shall become law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 1541--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  SKELOS, AVELLA, JOHNSON -- read twice and ordered
  printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes --
  recommitted to the Committee on Codes in accordance with  Senate  Rule
  6,  sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual assault  against  a
  child by a person in a position of trust

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraphs (b) and (d) of subdivision 1 of section 70.02 of
the penal law, paragraph (b) as amended by chapter 148 of  the  laws  of
2011  and paragraph (d) as amended by chapter 7 of the laws of 2007, are
amended to read as follows:
  (b) Class C violent felony offenses: an attempt to commit any  of  the
class  B felonies set forth in paragraph (a) of this subdivision; aggra-
vated criminally negligent homicide as defined in section 125.11, aggra-
vated manslaughter in the second degree as defined  in  section  125.21,
aggravated  sexual  abuse  in  the  second  degree as defined in section
130.67, SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A  PERSON  IN  A  POSITION  OF
TRUST  IN  THE  FIRST  DEGREE AS DEFINED IN SECTION 130.97, assault on a
peace officer, police officer, fireman  or  emergency  medical  services
professional as defined in section 120.08, assault on a judge as defined
in  section  120.09,  gang  assault  in  the second degree as defined in
section 120.06, strangulation in the first degree as defined in  section
121.13,  burglary  in  the  second  degree as defined in section 140.25,
robbery in the second degree as  defined  in  section  160.10,  criminal
possession  of  a  weapon  in  the  second  degree as defined in section
265.03, criminal use of a firearm in the second  degree  as  defined  in
section  265.08,  criminal  sale  of  a  firearm in the second degree as
defined in section 265.12, criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of  a
minor  as defined in section 265.14, soliciting or providing support for

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD06192-02-2

S. 1541--A                          2

an act of terrorism in the first degree as defined  in  section  490.15,
hindering  prosecution  of  terrorism in the second degree as defined in
section 490.30, and criminal possession of a chemical weapon or  biolog-
ical weapon in the third degree as defined in section 490.37.
  (d)  Class  E violent felony offenses: an attempt to commit any of the
felonies of criminal possession of a  weapon  in  the  third  degree  as
defined  in subdivision five, six, seven or eight of section 265.02 as a
lesser included offense of that section as defined in section 220.20  of
the  criminal  procedure  law,  persistent  sexual  abuse  as defined in
section 130.53, aggravated sexual abuse in the fourth degree as  defined
in  section 130.65-a, falsely reporting an incident in the second degree
as defined in section 240.55 [and], placing a false  bomb  or  hazardous
substance  in the second degree as defined in section 240.61, AND SEXUAL
ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF TRUST IN THE SECOND
DEGREE AS DEFINED IN SECTION 130.98.
  S 2. Section 130.00 of the penal law is amended by adding a new subdi-
vision 14 to read as follows:
  14. "PERSON IN A POSITION OF TRUST" MEANS ANY PERSON  WHO  IS  CHARGED
WITH  ANY  DUTY  OR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE HEALTH, EDUCATION, WELFARE OR
SUPERVISION OF A CHILD, EITHER INDEPENDENTLY OR THROUGH ANOTHER  PERSON,
NO MATTER HOW BRIEF.
  S  3.  The  penal  law is amended by adding three new sections 130.97,
130.98 and 130.99 to read as follows:
S 130.97 SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON  IN  A  POSITION  OF
           TRUST IN THE FIRST DEGREE.
  A  PERSON IS GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN A
POSITION OF TRUST IN THE FIRST DEGREE WHEN HE OR SHE  SUBJECTS  A  CHILD
LESS  THAN  ELEVEN YEARS OLD TO SEXUAL CONTACT AND WHEN SUCH PERSON IS A
PERSON IN A POSITION OF TRUST WITH RESPECT TO SUCH CHILD.
  SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF  TRUST  IN
THE FIRST DEGREE IS A CLASS C FELONY.
S 130.98 SEXUAL  ASSAULT  AGAINST  A  CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF
           TRUST IN THE SECOND DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN  A
POSITION  OF  TRUST IN THE SECOND DEGREE WHEN HE OR SHE SUBJECTS A CHILD
LESS THAN FOURTEEN YEARS OLD TO SEXUAL CONTACT AND WHEN SUCH PERSON IS A
PERSON IN A POSITION OF TRUST WITH RESPECT TO SUCH CHILD.
  SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF  TRUST  IN
THE SECOND DEGREE IS A CLASS E FELONY.
S 130.99 SEXUAL  ASSAULT  AGAINST  A  CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF
           TRUST IN THE THIRD DEGREE.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN  A
POSITION  OF  TRUST  IN THE THIRD DEGREE WHEN HE OR SHE SUBJECTS A CHILD
LESS THAN EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD TO SEXUAL CONTACT AND WHEN SUCH PERSON IS A
PERSON IN A POSITION OF TRUST WITH RESPECT TO SUCH CHILD.
  SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A CHILD BY A PERSON IN A POSITION OF  TRUST  IN
THE THIRD DEGREE IS A CLASS A MISDEMEANOR.
  S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

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