New York, NY - After a convicted sex offender molested two young girls at a public library in Flushing, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. are calling for a new State law to bar sex offenders from children’s reading rooms. While there are laws on the books that make it a criminal offense for a convicted sex offender to enter a playground, no such statutes protect children in public libraries. De Blasio and Vallone have put forward a City Council resolution urging the State Legislature to update the criminal code, and have sent a letter to State legislative leaders calling for immediate action.
“This problem is real, and it’s happening where parents trust their kids will be safe. A children’s reading room should be off limits for a sexual predator—just like a playground,” said Public Advocate de Blasio.
“It is common sense that we keep sexual predators away from areas where young kids congregate,” said Council Member Peter F. Vallone Jr. “Children’s rooms in libraries are really indoor playgrounds for growing minds, and our kids need every protection we can give them.”
Last month, a registered sex offender approached two girls, ages 6 and 9, at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library and touched them inappropriately. In a similar incident last year, a middle-aged man victimized a 7 year-old girl at the Steinway branch of the Queens Public Library. De Blasio and Vallone have singled out children’s reading rooms for protection because courts have overturned prior attempts to bar sex offenders from libraries altogether.
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Posted on May 25, 2012 at 6:41 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. - A bill that would ban sex offenders from public libraries in Louisiana made it through the House.
The measure passed with a 63 to 23 vote after lawmakers made a few changes.
Now, it has to head back to the senate for another vote.
The bill would make it illegal for a person convicted of a sex offense involving a victim under the age of 13 to be physically present in or on public library property.
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POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 8:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — Governor Bobby Jindal signed a law today to restrict access to public libraries for certain sex offenders. The bill – SB 753 – is part of the Governor’s 2012 legislative package.
Governor Jindal said, “Whether our kids are at school, a playground or in a library, they should feel safe and protected. This new law builds on our efforts to crack down on sex predators and sends a message to the world that if you want to harm a child, you better not do it in the State of Louisiana.”
SB 753 by Senator Dale Erdey restricts certain sex offenders’ access to public libraries. Prior to Governor Jindal signing this new law, convicted sex offenders who committed a sex offense against a victim under the age of 13, were prohibited from residing or physically being on or within 1,000 feet of school property or a park. This legislation extends this prohibition so that it is now unlawful for such sex offenders to be on public library property or to loiter within 1,000 feet of public library property. “Public library” will include the State Library of Louisiana, any parish or municipal library and any college or university or school library.
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And there are more states that have such a law
Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 7/11/2012
Keep Sex Offenders Out of Public Libraries
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg