Should Registered Sex Offenders Be Allowed On Social Media?
After a Hudson Valley sex offender was arrested for allegedly using Instagram to victimize a young girl, a local politician wants sex offenders off social media.
David Ohnmacht was previously found guilty of rape, attempted rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and more. He served eight years in prison. Last week he was arrested on felony charges for allegedly pressuring a 14-year-old girl, through social media, to engage in sexually explicit activity.
After learning about the allegations, state Senator Terrence Murphy (R) wants New York to update Megan’s Law, a law that requires convicted sex offenders to register with New York State.
“Megan’s Law must be updated to prohibit the use of social media networks for Level 2 and 3 offenders as long as they are required to register with New York State,” Murphy said. “A lot has changed since Megan’s Law was first authored. I intend to hold several round tables with state and local law enforcement, social services and advocates to see what other provisions we need to expand on. No child should be victimized in any way.”
Murphy is proposing a bill to keep high and moderate level sex offenders off of social media sites. His proposal would make it a felony for state sex offenders from accessing social networking sites.
“As a father of three kids, I will fight everyday to strengthen our laws to make sure we protect children from becoming victims of these reprehensible and disgusting acts,” Murphy said.