senate Bill S5876A

Establishes the offense of forcible touching against a child

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  • 29 / Aug / 2011
    • REFERRED TO RULES
  • 06 / Sep / 2011
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO RULES
  • 06 / Sep / 2011
    • PRINT NUMBER 5876A
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO CODES

Summary

Establishes the class E felony offense of forcible touching against a child who is under 13 years old.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8558A
Versions:
S5876
S5876A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Add §130.51, Pen L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5876A

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the offense of
forcible touching against a child

PURPOSE:
This legislation establishes the crime of forcible touching of a child
less than thirteen years of age as a class E felony.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section one creates a class E felony when an individual intentionally,
and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly touches the sexual or other
intimate parts of a child for the purpose of degrading or abusing
such child; or for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual
desire, and the victim is less than thirteen years old; or any part
of a child for the purpose of gratifying the actor's sexual desire,
and the victim is less than thirteen years old.

Section two establishes the effective date of this law as November 1
after the bill becomes law.

EXISTING LAW:
New York State Penal § 130.52 addresses the crime of forcible
touching, and punishes those who intentionally and for no legitimate
purpose forcibly touch the sexual or other intimate parts of another
for the purpose of degrading or abusing their victim or gratifying
the actor's sexual desire. Violators are charged with a class A
misdemeanor and face up to one year in jail.

Currently, there is no statute that specifically addresses the crime
of forcible touching of a child less than thirteen years of age.

JUSTIFICATION:
The proposed legislation recognizes the particularly heinous nature of
sex crimes committed against children and takes an important step to
protect children from sexual predators.

Under this legislation, a sentence of imprisonment of up to four years
would be required for offenders who engage in forcible touching,
including squeezing, grabbing or pinching of child less than thirteen
years of age sexual or other intimate parts.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
November 1 after it becomes law.

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

    S. 5876--A                                            A. 8558--A

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                      S E N A T E - A S S E M B L Y

                             August 29, 2011
                               ___________

IN  SENATE -- Introduced by Sens. GIANARIS, AVELLA, PARKER -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered  reprinted  as
  amended and recommitted to said committee

IN  ASSEMBLY -- Introduced by M. of A. SIMOTAS -- read once and referred
  to the Committee on  Codes  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN  ACT  to amend the penal law, in relation to establishing the offense
  of forcible touching against a child

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

  Section  1. The penal law is amended by adding a new section 130.51 to
read as follows:
S 130.51 FORCIBLE TOUCHING AGAINST A CHILD.
  A PERSON IS GUILTY OF FORCIBLE TOUCHING  AGAINST  A  CHILD  WHEN  SUCH
PERSON INTENTIONALLY AND FOR NO LEGITIMATE PURPOSE, FORCIBLY TOUCHES:
  1.  THE  SEXUAL  OR OTHER INTIMATE PARTS OF A CHILD FOR THE PURPOSE OF
DEGRADING OR ABUSING SUCH CHILD; OR FOR THE PURPOSE  OF  GRATIFYING  THE
ACTOR'S  SEXUAL  DESIRE, AND THE VICTIM IS LESS THAN THIRTEEN YEARS OLD;
OR
  2. ANY PART OF A CHILD FOR THE PURPOSE OF GRATIFYING THE ACTOR'S SEXU-
AL DESIRE, AND THE VICTIM IS LESS THAN THIRTEEN YEARS OLD.
  FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, FORCIBLE TOUCHING INCLUDES,  BUT  IS
NOT LIMITED TO SQUEEZING, GRABBING OR PINCHING.
  FORCIBLE TOUCHING AGAINST A CHILD IS A CLASS E FELONY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13372-03-1

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