New legislation cracks down on Internet predators

Officials are cracking down on keeping children safe from online predators. The move comes as state Senator Nick Spano (R-Yonkers) and Westchester D.A. Jeanine Pirro unveil a shocking new report on Internet pedophiles.

With a few strokes of the keys, online sexual predators are surfing the Web for sexual contact with children. The new statewide Senate report finds that one in five children who go online regularly are approached by a stranger for sex.

At the Grinton Will Public Library in Yonkers, DA Pirro and Senator Spano demonstrated how easy it is for online pedolphiles to network. There are over 200,000 pornographic images of children and babies available through common search engines.

In recent months, DA Pirro has successfully launched a wide-reaching sting operation, resulting in the arrests of dozens of online sexual predators. But the report finds children are still at risk. Spano says in part, that's because current legislation isn't up to date.

The Senate report recommends making convicted sex offenders registered under Megan's law sign up for life. Currently, offenders are registered for five years. Legislation introduced in the Senate would also raise the current penalites for virtually all sex offenses against children.

Senator Spano says he hopes the legislation will be on Governor Pataki's desk by the end of the year.

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