New York State legislators have blocked a move by Gov. George Pataki to post photos of convicted sex offenders on the Internet, reports the New York Daily news. One beneficiary of the moved led by Democrats is Michael Boxley, the former chief counsel to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Boxley, 45, was convicted last year of sexual misconduct for an incident involving a 22-year-old legislative staffer. Pataki proposed posting photos of all convicted sex offenders online – regardless of their assigned risk level.
Sources said Silver, a Democrat, resisted the measure, which was contained in the budget the governor proposed in January. Currently, only Level 3 offenders – the highest-risk category – are in the online rogues’ gallery. “It’s disappointing that the legislative budget failed to include the governor’s common-sense measure that would have helped protect New Yorkers,” said Pataki spokesman Kevin Quinn. The American Civil Liberties Union contends that Megan’s Law subjects those on the sex-offenders registry to more punishment after they’ve served their time.