Assemblyman Miller Responds to Flushing Sex Offender Situation

January 7, 2011

A registered sex offender was fired after allegedly making contact with a child over the internet and subsequently sexually abusing him. The criminal spent six months in prison for sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy. According to the office of District Attorney, Richard Brown, the criminal wrote letters to the young boy saying he had to have a body scan as part of an investigation then performed several "body scans;" sexually abusing the boy.

Assemblyman Miller responded:

“This is outrageous. We should not have sex offenders working with our children. This is a matter of common sense. The situation in Flushing highlights the need to pass a comprehensive overhaul of how we deal with sex offenders. My bills in the Assembly seeking to prevent sex offenders from working with our children are my highest priority. I will do everything I can to get immediate action on these bills so we can begin protecting our children. My sympathy goes out to the child, his family, and the families of this school.”

One of Assemblyman Miller’s bills, A10010A, seeks to prevent employers from hiring sex offenders and child abusers for positions in which they would have substantial contact with children and to prevent those on the New York State Sex Offender Registry and the Statewide Central Registry of Child Abuse and Maltreatment from holding jobs in which they would have substantial contact with children. His bill A.11008 would allow local enforcement access to level one sex offenders, including the criminal in Flushing. Under the current law the public would have no way of knowing that this man was a level one sex offender.

Speaking on the bills, the Assemblyman said, “These bills would give parents the assurance that their child is safe. It would reduce the risk of creating new victims of sexual abuse by barring known offenders from interacting with children. It would also deter offenders from seeking employment in fields which would give them the means to re-offend and provide the public with information on level one sex offenders. This could have been easily avoided and my goal is to prevent this from happening ever again.”