Provides that sexual contact upon a person under the age of 13 by a person 21 years of age or older shall be sexual abuse in the first degree.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual abuse of a person under the age of thirteen
PURPOSE: This bill would strengthen New York State's criminal laws that relate to child sex abusers.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section One of this bill would amend Section 130.65 of the Penal Law as amended by Chapter 1 of the Laws of 2000, by providing that a person is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree when he or she is twenty-one years old or older and subjects another person to sexual contact who is less than thirteen years old.
Section Two of this bill would provide for the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: In 2001, the New York State Legislature enacted the Sexual Assault Reform Act. Among the changes made to the Penal Law at that time were subdivisions to Rape in the First Degree, Section 130.35(4) and Criminal Sexual Act (formerly Sodomy) in the First Degree, Section 130.50(4). These new subdivisions made it a class B violent felony when a perpetrator over the age of eighteen had sexual intercourse or anal or oral contact with a victim under the age of thirteen. No change in age was made at that time to the crime of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, Section 130.65 which makes it a class D violent felony only when the victim is under the age of eleven. Thus, a perpetrator would be guilty of only a class A misdemeanor if he or she subjects a child who is eleven or twelve years old to sexual contact.
This legislation would add a subdivision four to Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, making it a class D violent felony offense for a child under thirteen to be subjected to sexual contact by a person who is twenty-one years old or older. As the law stands in New York State, a person who puts their hand down the pants of an eleven or twelve year old is subjected to the same penalty as a person who steals a pack of gum from a convenience store; that is unacceptable and this measure will correct that inequity.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009 - 3rd reading calendar.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: The first of November next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1989--A Cal. No. 494 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 10, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. GRIFFO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Codes -- recommitted to the Committee on Codes in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to sexual abuse of a person under the age of thirteen THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 130.65 of the penal law, as amended by chapter 1 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as follows: S 130.65 Sexual abuse in the first degree. A person is guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree when he or she subjects another person to sexual contact: 1. By forcible compulsion; or 2. When the other person is incapable of consent by reason of being physically helpless; or 3. When the other person is less than eleven years old; OR 4. WHEN THE OTHER PERSON IS LESS THAN THIRTEEN YEARS OLD AND THE ACTOR IS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OLD OR OLDER. Sexual abuse in the first degree is a class D felony. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed- ing the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03661-03-9