2008-05-23 / Top Stories

Child Sex Abuse Measure Passes Senate

The second of a three bill package to combat child sex abuse sponsored by State Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith has passed the Senate unanimously.

The latest measure (S. 1862) creates a new section of law against using children in sexual performance involving alcohol or drugs, making it a class B felony, punishable by up to 25 years in state prison.

"The safety and protection of our children is a paramount concern among all New Yorkers," said Senator Smith. "With the Internet and other high-tech communication devices infiltrating all aspects of our life, both good and bad, more needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable among us."

Measure (S. 4390) which allows the use of hearsay evidence from sexually abused minors aimed at allowing the out-of-court testimony from a child less than 12 years of age to be admissible during a sex abuse trial, was recently passed by the Senate. Another measure Smith is sponsoring (S. 2438) is aimed at increasing penalties for crimes against children. The measure increases the penalties for the rape or sexual assault of a child under the age of five.

The bills must now be voted on by the Assembly.

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