Lawmakers: Bill would close sex crime law loophole

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A Hudson Valley lawmaker is proposing new legislation to tighten up the state's employee sex crimes law.

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, Ossining officials, PTA members, and police gathered at the Anne Dorner Middle School today to unveil a bill they believe will close a serious loophole in the state’s sex crimes notification law.

The measure is being proposed following the controversial case involving former Ossining school janitor Samuel Campbell. The Poughkeepsie man was convicted back in May of four felony counts including two for rape and sexual abuse of a minor. Authorities say the crime happened in Poughkeepsie in April of 2016. But while he was going through the legal process, he was still showing up for work as a janitor at Brookside Elementary school. District officials say they knew nothing about Campbell's arrest, partly because he was never fingerprinted.

Current state law does not require schools be provided with arrest notifications of employees hired before 2001.

Campbell had been employed in the district since 1998.

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