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New Bill Would Ban Repeat Sex Offenders From Subways For Life

May 15, 2019 - 2:16 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — City lawmakers and police officials are pushing new legislation that would ban repeat sexual offenders from the city’s subway system for life.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea says the people who repeatedly commit sexual crimes on the subway should be banned from riding it as they continue to pose a threat on trains.

“We need some teeth in the law that we can simple exclude them whether it's through a plea agreement – this is for a larger discussion for policy makers, legislators, potentially prosecutors,” Shea said.

As of now, that patrol New York City’s transit system are always scanning station looking for those who have been previously arrested for groping, grinding, molesting or exposing themselves on trains.

They follow them throughout the stations and train cars, waiting for them to strike again so they can then remove them.

Legislation proposed Monday would put an end to that process and would allow officers to intervene beforehand.

“We know many of the recidivist offenders, so we must spot them entering the system. If they were banned or excluded from the system, we would arrest them on site for trespassing,” said NYPD Transit Chief Edward Delatorre.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have floated similar ideas to deal with sexual predators on subways, though they have yet to embrace a lifetime ban.

Of prohibiting repeat offenders from using the transit system, Delatorre says, “it's not a new idea.” Other cities, such as Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle have similar laws in place.