New law cracks down on child abusers

Jun 23, 2013

A law that significantly strengthens prosecution of repeat child abusers has been passed by both houses of the legislature.

Jay-J's Law, named for a North Tonawanda boy who suffered severe abuse from his father, extends the so-called "look-back" time frame for previous convictions to be considered in cases of repeat abuse. Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak and Senator Tim Kennedy were the bills' sponsors. Kennedy explained the provisions that strengthen New York's child abuse law.

Senator Tim Kennedy
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"Jay-J's Law will pry open the look-back window from three to ten years and empower law enforcement to impose aggravated assault charges on abusers that have a history of severely and repeatedly hurting defenseless children," said Kennedy.

The law goes to Governor Cuomo for his signature.