Schumer: Sex offender loophole puts kids at risk
Senator Charles Schumer pushed to close a loophole in New York's sex offender laws that he says still allows convicted offenders to work with children.
Schumer was at Gould Park in Dobbs Ferry this week to make his point, saying that offenders cannot get jobs as public school teachers, but that the law doesn't stop them from working at carnivals, as dance instructors or music teachers.
"These people can be convicted of dastardly crimes," Schumer says. "They serve 10, 15, 20 years in jail, and when they get out, too many of them commit another crime, just like the one they committed, within six months."
Current federal law leaves it up to the state to decide which jobs sex offenders can pursue. Schumer's bill would force the state to prevent sex offenders from working in any of those positions.
Schumer: Close loopholes in sex offender law