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New York State strengthens protections for minors against sex offenders

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Posted at 8:27 AM, Aug 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 08:34:10-04

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State is strengthening legislation that protects minors against felony sex offenders.

The state will now ensure that minors will not be placed in the custody of the individual who has been convicted of a felony sex offense against that minor.

Additionally, the new law will not allow minors to have unsupervised visits with the person who committed a felony sex offense against them.

Courts already consider these factors when they determine where a child will be placed, or when they decide to allow unsupervised visits, but this new law mandates the requirements.

Governor Cuomo said, "This new law is common sense: it mandates that minors not be placed in the custody of or have unsupervised visits with anyone who committed a felony sex offense against them and ensuring the future well-being of these vulnerable children."