Oaks, Governor Pataki Unite in Call for Tough New Penalties on Child Molesters

January 23, 2006

Assemblyman Robert C. Oaks (R,C-Macedon) today joined Governor Pataki and state Senator Michael Nozzolio in calling for passage of measures that would further protect New Yorkers from sexual predators. The legislation includes Jessica’s Law, which would impose tougher penalties on anyone found guilty of committing sexual crimes against children.

“Under Jessica’s Law, predators who are convicted of the most violent types of sexual crime against children would face a minimum prison term of 25 years,” said Oaks. “This legislation would also protect our kids by raising the age threshold for crimes against children and increasing penalties for the most heinous sex predators as well as repeat sex offenders.”

The governor’s legislation is named for Jessica Lunsford, a nine-year-old-girl who was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered by a registered sex offender living in her neighborhood in Florida. Jessica’s Law was first signed into law in Florida last year. The New York measure is modeled on the original Florida law; if it’s passed, it would be one of the toughest laws in the country against violent sexual predators of children.

“Several of the provisions of today’s version of Jessica’s Law have been passed by the state Senate since 1996, but Speaker Silver and the Assembly majority have not brought this crucial legislation to the Assembly floor for a vote. I look forward to working with Governor Pataki, Senator Nozzolio, my Assembly minority colleagues and concerned parents in my district to bring these important child protection measures to a vote on the Assembly floor,” concluded Oaks.