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Golden, Malliotakis Want Increased Penalties For Child Predators

St. Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (official photos)

St. Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (official photos)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In the wake of the death of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky of Brooklyn, lawmakers are calling for a new law that would toughen penalties against child predators.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall With The Story

Sen. Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis want to increase the penalties for predators who attempt to lure or entice a child into a vehicle, a building or by using a computer.

Right now if convicted, a person faces only a misdemeanor penalty and likely no jail time. If this bill passes, it would be a felony with up to seven years in prison.

Golden said this type of crime is a sad reality for the Tri-State area.

Kletzky had become lost while on his way to meet his mother after leaving a day camp in July. Police said Levi Aron picked up the boy, took him back to his apartment, then killed and dismembered him.

What do you think the penalty for this type of crime should be? Sound off in the comments section below!