Assembly Targets Internet Sex Predators
e-STOP regulates sex offender use of Internet
April 16, 2008
Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny(D- Coney Island, Dyker Heights) announced that the Assembly passed a measure, the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (A.9859, “e-STOP”), regulating sex offenders’ use of the Internet to help prevent sex crimes. The bill is the result of a landmark agreement with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to prevent predators from victimizing children on Internet social networking sites. “New York is the first state in the country to pass legislation with such stringent online regulations requiring registered sex offenders to inform law enforcement of their online activity,” Brook-Krasny said. “The Internet is an invaluable resource for learning and communication, but we must remain vigilant and implement appropriate safeguards to ensure the safety of our children. This groundbreaking legislation takes an important step in shielding them from dangerous predators.” Under the bill:
- all sex offenders who are required to register under Megan’s Law *must* register with the Division of Criminal Justice Services all Internet accounts and provide all electronic mail addresses and designations used for the purposes of chatting, instant messaging, social networking or other similar Internet communications;
- registered sex offenders must notify DCJS within 10 days if that data changes, or face the current penalties under Megan’s Law for failing to register – a class E felony for a first offense and a class D felony for subsequent offenses; and
- sex offenders’ Internet information will be made available to social networking Web sites who are authorized to prescreen or remove offenders and advise law enforcement if there is a potential violation of law or a threat to public safety.
- a complete bar on Internet use to access pornography;
- a ban on accessing or belonging to social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace;
- a complete bar on using the Internet to communicate with other individuals or groups for the purpose of promoting sexual relations with minors; and
- a bar against using the Internet to communicate with a minor unless the person is a child of the offender and the offender is not otherwise prohibited from communicating with that child.