senate Bill S1615

Relates to sexual abuse of a person under thirteen

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  • 10 / Jan / 2011
    • REFERRED TO CODES
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Relates to sexual abuse of a person under thirteen when the actor is eighteen years old or more.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S1615
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง130.65, Pen L
Versions Introduced in 2009-2010 Legislative Cycle:
S5238

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S1615

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual abuse of a person under
the age of thirteen

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA:
This bill would strengthen New York State's criminal laws that relate
to pedophiles by rendering a person guilty of sexual abuse in the
first degree when that person is 18 years old or older and subjects a
victim less than 13 years old to sexual contact.

Section One of this bill would amend Section 130.65 of the penal law,
as amended by Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2000, by providing that a
person is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree when he or she
is eighteen years old or more and subjects another person to sexual
contact who is less that thirteen years old. Section Two of this bill
would provide for the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:
In 2001, the New York State Legislature enacted the Sexual Assault
Reform Act. Among the changes made to the Penal Law at that time were
amendments to Rape in the First Degree, Section 130.35(4) and
Criminal Sexual Act (formerly Sodomy) in the First Degree, Section
130.50(4).

These new subdivisions made it a class B violent felony when a
perpetrator over the age of eighteen had sexual intercourse, anal, or
oral contact with a victim under the age of thirteen. No similar
change in age was made at that time to the crime of Sexual Abuse in
the First Degree, Section 130.65. That crime is therefore a class D
violent felony only when the victim is under the age of eleven.
Consequently, if a child who is eleven or twelve years old is
subjected to sexual contact by an individual who is eighteen or older
it is merely a class A misdemeanor.

This legislation would add a subdivision four to Sexual Abuse in the
First Degree, making it a class D violent felony offense, for a child
under thirteen to be subjected to sexual contact by a person who is
eighteen years of age or more. Besides protecting these vulnerable
victims, this legislation would bring the Sexual Abuse in the First
Degree statute in line with Rape and Criminal Sexual Act in the First
Degree. As the law stands in New York State at this moment, a person
who puts their hand down the pants of an eleven or twelve year old
for purposes of sexual gratification is subjected to the same penalty
as a person who steals a pack of gum from a convenience store.

This bill, if enacted, would add New York to the states of
Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Indiana to provide that
sexual contact with an individual who is eleven or twelve years old
is a felony.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
2009-10: S.5238


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
90 days after it shall have become a law.

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

                                  1615

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 10, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual abuse of  a  person
  under the age of thirteen

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

  Section 1. Section 130.65 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 1 of
the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows:
S 130.65 Sexual abuse in the first degree.
  A person is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree when he or  she
subjects another person to sexual contact:
  1. By forcible compulsion; or
  2.  When  the  other person is incapable of consent by reason of being
physically helpless; or
  3. When the other person is less than eleven years old; OR
  4. WHEN THE OTHER PERSON IS LESS THAN THIRTEEN YEARS OLD AND THE ACTOR
IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD OR MORE.
  Sexual abuse in the first degree is a class D felony.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall
have become a law.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05662-01-1

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