Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today called for stricter child protection laws. Tedisco said the recent kidnapping attempt of a Saratoga boy shows the need for stronger anti-luring laws. Tedisco pointed to legislation he introduced last year, the “Save-NY Child Protection Act,” which would make it a felony to engage in such luring.
“As public officials, we must be ever-vigilant to the dangers that criminals, especially kidnappers or sexual predators, pose to community safety,” said Tedisco. “In this instance, we have identified a clear loophole where individuals can attempt to lure kids, but do not face the full brunt of the law unless they succeed in the act. Any adult who tries to lure a child into a dangerous situation should face felony prosecution.”
The “Save-NY Child Protection Act” (A.06512) increases the penalties for a range of sex offenses and related acts. Part of the legislation would make the act of attempting to lure a minor a Class D Felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. This portion of the bill would have covered the January 11, 2010 incident that occurred on Beekman Street in Saratoga where a 12-year-old boy walking home from school was told by a man driving a car, ‘Come on, get in. I have something for you.’
“It’s absurd that we have a penal code where an adult with the most disturbing intentions can try to entice a minor into a vehicle but if caught only receives what amounts to a slap on the wrist,” said Tedisco. “This legislation puts would-be predators on notice. Our children and our communities deserve nothing less.”