Assemblyman Bob Oaks (R,C-Macedon) voted for legislation expanding New York’s DNA database, eliminating the criminal statute of limitations for felony rape cases and extending the time that victims can bring a civil suit against their offender.
“After years of fighting for stronger measures against crime, we have taken a major step toward strengthening laws that protect us against dangerous criminals,” said Oaks. “As state legislators, it is our duty to protect our children and families from these heinous crimes, and these measures go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”
New York will approximately triple the size of the current DNA database, noted Oaks. The criminal DNA database would be expanded to include individuals convicted of any felony charges or any of 18 serious misdemeanors, including stalking, menacing and offenses against children.
The criminal statute of limitations for Class B felony sexual assault crimes would be eliminated and the civil statute of limitations would increase from a year to five years under the agreement. First-degree crimes of rape, criminal sexual act, aggravated sexual abuse and sexual conduct against a child would apply to the legislation.
The Governor has already indicated he will sign the measures into law.
“While this is a big victory for the safety of all New Yorkers, we cannot forget there are still important criminal justice measures to be passed,” said Oaks. “A law that would allow us to civilly confine the worst sexual predators after their prison term ends has repeatedly passed the state Senate, and our next task at hand is to also pass this essential legislation in the Assembly.”