SENATOR BALL PASSES LEGISLATION AFTER PUTNAM COUNTY LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDER MOVES BACK NEXT DOOR TO VICTIM
Albany, N.Y. – 06/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) has announced that the Senate today passed legislation (S6778A) 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.
In March 2014, Senator Ball introduced this legislation after a level three sex offender in Putnam County was permitted to move back next door to one of his victims, following his release from prison. According to a report in the Journal News, in 2011, a level three sex offender was released from prison after serving approximately sixteen 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 mindboggling that a level three sex offender would ever be permitted to live in such close proximity to their victim. Victims should not be forced to endure the emotional distress that may come with being in contact with their abuser,” said Senator Greg Ball. “This is the least this state can do for victims of sexual assault. Level three sex offenders are at high risk of repeat offenses. I am happy that today the Senate moved to correct this loophole. However, the state should really permanently confine predators like this, and not release such dangerous individuals back into the community to strike again.”
The legislation would prohibit a level two or three sex offender from residing within 1,500 feet of the residence of the victim of their abuse in order 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.
The legislation was sent to the Assembly, where it is sponsored by Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein (D – Bayside).
“I am pleased that the Senate passed our legislation, which ensures that victims of serious sexual crimes never have to endure the emotional trauma caused by their abuser being allowed to reside near their homes,” said Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein.
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