Friday, May 31, 2013

NY - Avella sex offender bill gets third shot

Original Article


By Joseph Orovic

A bill speeding up the assessment process of convicted sex offenders, authored by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), passed the Senate for a third time last Thursday by a unanimous 60-0 tally.

The law speeds up the risk level determination timetable for convicted sex offenders, categorizing them under the State’s Sex Offender Registration Act prior to their sentencing or release.

The bill passed the Senate twice before, but was not taken up by the Assembly.

There is no reason that known sex offenders should be residing in our neighborhoods without the community knowing the danger they present,” Avella said.

The bill requires that notice of a risk level determination hearing for convicted sex offenders be given to the sex offender and district attorney within five days of the conviction for any sex offender who is expected to be released on probation or otherwise discharged.

The risk level determination hearing must then be held within 20 days of the notice and most importantly prior to sentencing.

The legislation was designed by Avella following extensive review of the current sex offender laws after the arrest of [name withheld], a Level I sex offender who was convicted of sex abuse in the second degree in 2010, and then arrested again in January 2011 following additional crimes he committed and probation violations arising from his volunteering in area Catholic schools, including St. Mel’s School in Whitestone.

Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) is carrying the bill in the Assembly, where the legislation would have to pass before being signed into law by the governor.

I look forward to working again with Assemblyman Miller to ensure that this common-sense measure is passed in the Assembly as soon as possible so that our youth are protected from dangerous predators.”


tom said...

Simple Mark We can't.

My question is just how does this protect the children? Really just how does that work.

Guest said...

This question reminds me of a case I just read about... where a teacher in Alabama got 24 years in prison for having a relationship with a 16 year old student - at HER house.

"... was sentenced to 8 years each on three counts of a school employee engaging in sexual acts with a student under 19 and three years on each possession of pornographic material.

(Prosecutor) Valeska was disappointed with his sentence.

"Her death would have been better for her than what her and her family have to go through...""


Sex Offender Issues said...

They keep pushing and pushing until they get their way. Why don't politicians have 1 or 2 strikes and your out laws?