Joe Robach and the NYS Senate passed a package of eight bills to prevent sexual predators from obtaining access to potential victims and help law enforcement and communities keep track of their whereabouts. The bills will help increase the amount of information available about convicted sex offenders and seeks to prevent them from obtaining access to vulnerable individuals.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Joe Robach helps increase public awareness of sexual offenders who prey on children by changing the reporting requirements under New York State’s Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA). The bill would designate anyone convicted of committing or attempting to commit sex offenses against children aged ten years or less a Level 3 offender. Including the criminals who commit these offenses in the Level 3 category would require their information to be included in the releasable information available through the state’s sex offender registry.

Another bill sponsored by Joe Robach in the Senate would help address the high recidivism rates among convicted sex offenders. The measure requires a change to current law which allows sex offenders who violate probation by committing another sex offense to serve the sentence imposed for the probation violation concurrently. This bill would require sentencing for the new offense to run consecutively, not concurrently, thereby ensuring that repeat sex offenders receive the maximum amount of time in jail and off the streets.

Other bills approved by Joe Robach and the Senate this week dealt with additional restrictions and penalties for sex offenders who do not follow requirements for the Sex Offender Registry Act. They include:

  • Bill S.1544 which makes it a class D felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison, for sex offenders who fail to register according to SORA, or those who fail to follow the current prohibition against working on an ice cream truck.
  • Bill S.1542 which makes it a felony for certain sex offenders who fail to register or report a change of address;
  • Bill S.512A which makes the same identifying information pertaining to Level 2 sex offenders that is available to the general public through the state’s sex offender registry website available to law enforcement for dissemination/community notification purposes; and

The bills will be sent to the Assembly.  For more information about these bills or any other legislation pending in the Senate, please contact Joe Robach’s office.