Names Remain On Sex Offender Registry

By Candace Chapman

Names Remain On Sex Offender Registry

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 19, 2006 at 12:51 AM EDT

Governor George Pataki signed a new version of Megan's Law Wednesday afternoon in Albany.
The old version of the law required Level 1 and 2 sex offenders to register their names and addresses for only 10 years.
This year, thousands would be removed from the list, including 66 from Broome County.
The State Senate and Assembly passed a new law to prevent that from happening.
"Basically what we are doing now is putting all sex offenders on a long term registry so we're going to know where they are at all times," says Senator Thomas Libous.
Under the new law, Level 1 offenders, those considered a low risk of repeating sex offenses, must register for 20 years.
Moderate risk Level 2 offenders must register for at least 30 years.
After that time, they would have to go to court to get their names removed.
And high risk, Level 3 offenders, will continue to register for life.
The New York Legislature provided the taped comment by State Senator Libous.

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