Pokemon Go and sex offenders
by Sandy Rozek and Robin Vanderwall . . .
The Pokémon Go craze is sweeping the nation and beyond, sending young people scurrying through the streets, phones in hand, frantically seeking these fictional little creatures.
It also has politicians scurrying to find heavy-handed answers to trumped-up fears.
That’s because it didn’t take long before someone realized that, horror of horrors, with all of these children, teenagers and twenty-somethings scampering about, some of them ran the risk of coming close to one or more registered sex offenders.
Television anchors, like weathermen, have displayed maps of local areas with Pokémon stops — PokéStops is what they’re called — marked in one color and the homes of registered offenders marked in another, pointing out, with horrified faces but barely concealed glee, the places where one is within proximity to the other.
And now, following a report by state Sens. Jeff Klein and Diane Savino, showing Pokémon, PokéStops, and other Pokémon-related items appearing near residences occupied by registered offenders , Gov. Cuomo has made a first-in-the-nation move, ordering the state to make it a parole condition that no sex offender under supervision be allowed to download, access or play the game.
Read the rest of the op-ed at the New York Daily News.