BAY RIDGE - State lawmakers are calling for tougher penalties against child predators in a new bill they plan to make a state law. The new law would increase penalties for anyone who solicits a child, in particular online.
State Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Brooklyn/Staten Island) introduced their proposed law at the Bay Ridge Library. The two politicians say current laws don't specifically address the harassment of children via the Internet.
The new law would make luring a child online to solicit a sexual encounter a Class D felony, which would be punishable up to seven years in jail. It would also make it a Class D felony to lure a minor into a car or a building to commit a crime.
Golden says the legislation passed in the Senate before, but needs to be reintroduced in the Senate and Assembly next year before it becomes law.