Sen. Charles Schumer has claimed that the present laws are incompetent in keeping sex offenders at bay from working with children. The current law only inhibits sex offenders from working as schoolteachers and coaches.
“Dangerous loopholes exist in local and state laws which allow convicted sex offenders to work in positions of trust where they can have unlimited access to potential child victims”, expressed Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of Parents for Megan's Law and the Crime Victims Center.
However, it has no barriers for sex offenders to bear close contacts with children via non-Government-funded occupations, such as coaching, carnival ride operation, and karate, dance, and music teaching.
Many sex offenders working as magicians, clowns, private tutors and employees in youth mentoring facilities, children’s museums, entertainment centers, video arcades, and child-themed party stores has triggered the debate.
Schumer is revealed to unveil a new legislation in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit sex offenders from entering into jobs or any volunteer positions that involves interactions with children.
Presently, all the decision related to sex offender employment is taken by the states under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. However, the new legislation would aim and order the states to keep a stern check on the practice.