Most Shared

WHAM13 - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

NYS law toughens penalties for repeat child abusers

Albany, N.Y. - New legislation signed Monday is toughening penalties against offenders who have been convicted of repeatedly abusing a child.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Jay-J’s Law Monday morning in an effort to identify and penalize repeat offenders.

"Jay-J's Law" is named after Jay-J Bolvin, who was severely beaten by his father in 2011, leaving him with 11 fractured bones and epilepsy. Jay-J’s father had been convicted of third-degree assault in 2007 for beating another of his sons and breaking his arm. For the assault on Jay-J., his father was allowed to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault, because the prior conviction was not an enhancing factor because it occurred outside of the three year look-back period.

The law increases the look-back period from three years to 10 years for assault cases involving a child younger than 11. If the alleged abuser intentionally caused physical injuries to a child under 11 and is also a repeat offender, the charge could be elevated to an E felony of aggravated assault upon a person less than 11 years old. That charge carries a maximum four-year prison sentence.

The bill takes effect immediately.

Advertise with us!


Washington Times