2005-07-01 / Community

Pheffer: Keep Sex Offenders From Ice Cream Trucks

Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer has announced that the Assembly has passed legislation that will further prohibit convicted sex offenders from contact with children. The legislation, A.2550-B/S.2795-B, prohibits those registered as sex offenders to operate, work on, or dispense goods from ice cream trucks in New York State.

A recent incident in Wisconsin brought light to the disturbing possibility that sex offenders could be in contact with children without the public’s knowledge. In mid-June a woman who witnessed a man throw a beer can out of an ice cream truck window, notified police who stopped the truck near by. After pulling over the truck, the police realized the driver was intoxicated and began a series of sobriety tests. The man failed and was arrested. The arrest further unveiled that he had been convicted of sexual assault and was a registered sex offender.

“The bells and attractive designs of ice cream trucks are specifically targeted towards children. This incident highlights the need for such a law in New York. Sex offenders should in no way be employed in a position that oftentimes gives them numerous occasions for unsupervised contact with children,” said Pheffer.

Previously, a sex offender on Long Island arrested for molesting three children was found to have an ice cream truck in his backyard.

The legislation has passed both the Assembly and Senate and awaits the Governor’s approval.

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