Pokemon GO Banned For New Yorkers Included In Sex Offender List – Gov Andrew Cuomo
On Monday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had taken a step forward towards barring registered sex offenders on parole from playing Pokemon Go.Advertisement
He had instructed the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to stop sex offenders under community supervision from using internet-enabled games.
Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision with such instructions, because recently, an investigation was conducted on app locations and proximity to sex offenders.
On Friday the report of the investigation was released. In the report it was discovered that there were more than 70 stops related to Pokemon Go, within a half-block of 100 sex offenders’ homes, WUSA 9.
These stops could have had Pokémon, PokéStops, or PokéGyms – all of which are capable of attracting children who are playing the addictive game.
Governor Cuomo also sent a letter to the software developer Niantic, Inc. to protect New York’s children. In the letter, he requested the company to provide their assistance in banning dangerous sex offenders from playing the augmented-reality game, said Governor. Ny. Gov.
“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” Governor Cuomo stated.
“These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”
The game also permits players to buy a “lure” to draw other gamers. So in reality, even sex offenders can be smart enough to set up these lures next to their homes for only 100 PokéCoins.
This would definitely put children at the apex of vulnerability.
It was reported that New York Senators Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino felt disturbed by the proximity of the Pokemon Go items to sex offenders’ residences. The two New York senators had insisted Governor Cuomo to take this step.