Tuesday, March 2, 2010

NY: Prevent Sex Offenders From Managing Buildings

sexcrimes.typepad.com: NY Bill Would Prevent Sex Offenders From Managing Buildings.

Sex offenders face many restrictions in their daily life, but now some New York legislators are hoping to add another one: prohibiting sex offenders from holding positions such as building manager or superintendent where they would have keys to many different apartments. The Epoch Times has more:
In light of the recent reports about William Barnarson, Assemblyman Kellner has introduced legislation to prevent this in New York, and Sen. Schumer plans to stop sex offenders, who often cross state lines to avoid detection, from holding keys to multifamily apartments across the country.
“Unfortunately it’s completely legal for a convicted sex offender to become the superintendent or a building manager in any multifamily apartment building in New York, and the jobs almost always provide the offender with keys to the renters’ apartments in the buildings. Given the large number of sexual offenders in New York—there are 6,000—this is an issue that has to be dealt with immediately.”
Barnason had served over 10 years in jail for sexually assaulting and raping girls as young as 5 years old, and while working as a superintendent of three multifamily apartment buildings, had propositioned female tenants for sexual favors in return for help with their rent.
Assemblyman Kellner added that sex offenders have been banned from other professions and building managers should be added to the list.