HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: PUTNAM COUNTY INCIDENT INSPIRES BILL STOPPING SEX OFFENDERS FROM MOVING NEAR VICTIMS

 

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    ALBANY, N.Y. – After a level three sex offender was released from prison and allowed to move back next door to one of his Putnam County victims in 2011, some state lawmakers were appalled.

    Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) along with Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D – Bayside) have since introduced legislation (S6778) that would prohibit level two and level three sex offenders from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of a victim of their abuse.

    According to published reports, in 2011, a level three sex offender was released from prison after serving approximately 16 months in jail. Following his release, the offender, whose victims were eight and nine years old at the time the abuse took place, was permitted to reside next door to one of his victims.

    “It is absolutely mind boggling that a level three sex offender would ever be permitted to live in such close proximity to their victim,” Ball said. “Victims should not be forced to endure the emotional distress that may come with being in contact with their abuser, This is the least this state can do for victims of sexual assault.”

    “It is outrageous that a level 3 sex offender in Putnam County was permitted to live next door to one of the young victims of his heinous crime,” Braunstein added. “Our legislation would ensure that victims of serious sexual crimes never have to bear the cost of moving, nor endure the emotional trauma caused by the abuser being allowed to reside in the vicinity of their home,”

    The legislation aims to prevent repeat abuse and protect victims and their families from undue emotional stress and the burden or costs of moving because of the offender returning to the neighborhood.

    Ball also has legislation that would close a current loophole in the law, which allows level three sex offenders to live within 1,000 feet of a daycare facility. The bill has passed the Senate. Braunstein previously introduced legislation that would restrict level one, two and three sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a school.

    “I am very happy that this important issue is picking up momentum. We must make our priority protecting women and children,” said Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, “especially when we protect a victim from the assailant of these horrible crimes.” (ARTICLE)