ASSEMBLY, No. 541

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2010 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  AMY H. HANDLIN

District 13 (Middlesex and Monmouth)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Assemblymen Biondi and Rumana

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Prohibits sex offenders from entering school property.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning sex offenders and supplementing P.L.1994, c.133 (C.2C:7-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  It shall be a crime of the fourth degree for a person subject to the registration requirements set forth in P.L.1994, c.133 (C.2C:7-1 et seq.) whose risk of re-offense has been assessed as moderate or high pursuant to section 3 of P.L.1994, c.128 (C.2C:7-8) and whose victim was under the age of 18 to knowingly enter upon any school property used for school purposes which is owned by or leased to any elementary or secondary school or school board unless that person:

     a. Is legitimately enrolled as a student, or is the parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the elementary or secondary school that is situated upon the school property; or

     b. Enters upon the school property for a limited lawful purpose authorized by the superintendent or chief school administrator of the elementary or secondary school.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would make it a fourth degree crime for a registered sex offender with a moderate or high risk of re-offense to knowingly enter upon any school property.  The penalty for a fourth degree crime is up to 18 months imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

     This bill creates exceptions for a sex offender who is legitimately enrolled as a student, or is the parent or legal guardian of a student enrolled in the elementary or secondary school.  A sex offender may also enter upon school grounds for a limited purpose authorized by the superintendent or chief school administrator of the elementary or secondary school.