In light of a recent kidnapping attempt in Schenectady, Assemblyman James N. Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) today renewed his called for more comprehensive child protection laws that would include more stringent penalties for offenders. Tedisco’s Save-NY Child Protection Act would make luring a child into a dangerous situation a felony.
“The averted kidnapping in Schenectady reminds us all that these truly heinous acts can happen anywhere and reemphasizes the need for laws punishing those who would commit them,” said Tedisco. “Under current law, the attempt to lure a child is treated as a minor crime, but I think most of us can agree that it is of a much more serious nature. The punishment for this type of crime should match the gravity – any adult that attempts to lure a child should face felony charges.”
The Save-NY Child Protection Act (A.06512) increases the punishment for a number of sex offenses and related acts. Under this act, attempting to lure a minor would be a Class D felony and those convicted could face up to seven years in prison. The legislation would ensure that the individual who attempted to lure and kidnap the young girl in Schenectady would be punished in accordance with the severity of the actions.
“The safety of children is the responsibility of all. We can, and we must do more to ensure their well-being,” said Tedisco. “Currently, our laws do not fairly punish those who lure children with the most hideous of intentions. The Save-NY Child Protection Act would create tougher laws to punish criminals and protect our children.”