Sex Offenders Prohibited From Working With Kids Under 16
State Senator Joseph Addabbo’s (D–Howard Beach) bill to prohibit registered sex offenders from working with children aged 16 and under, directly and unsupervised, has passed the senate and now goes to the Assembly where it is sponsored by Assemblymember Michael Miller (D–Woodhaven).
Addabbo said the bill amends the Labor Law to prevent employers from hiring sex offenders and child abusers for positions in which they would have substantial contact with children. It is also designed to prevent those on the New York state Sex Offender Registry and the Statewide Central Registry of Child Abuse and Maltreatment from holding jobs in which they would have substantial contact with children.
According to Addabbo, a member of the Labor Committee, “Our first priority must be keeping children safe from dangerous predators. Public school hiring policy already acknowledges how important background checks are for those we trust, especially around children.
“Extending the background check requirement to other fields which are, by their nature child oriented, serves the community as a whole. It would give parents the assurance that their child is safer. It would reduce the risk of creating new victims of sexual abuse by barring known offenders from interacting with children. It would also deter offenders from seeking employment in fields that would give them the means to re-offend.”
Miller praised the senate’s passage of the measure, saying, “Today we move one step closer to protecting our children. I am thankful to have a friend like Senator Joe Addabbo to help carry this legislation in the senate. I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to pass my bill so we can begin implementing these much-needed reforms. Parents should not have to live in fear every time their child goes to a karate class, and these reforms will ensure that their children are much safer.”