Governor, NYPD propose banning sex predators from using subway

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Sexual predators who prey on subway riders may need to find another way to get around the city.

A proposal to ban repeat offenders from the subways is picking up steam.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Council members and the NYPD are support the idea of barring serial offenders, although it's not clear how long that ban would last.

Cuomo said he wants legislators to address the issue, potentially making it possible for district attorneys and judges to ban those who have two or more sexual offenses on the subway.

"You have people who target victims in the subways, and that's where they go," Cuomo said. "Many people, crowded areas, certain techniques, and that's where they go."

California has a similar law, with bans lasting 90 days, 180 days, or a year. Cuomo said he would like to see a longer ban.

It's not clear how the rule would be enforced, but it's possible those who have been banned would face a more severe penalty if they return to court.

The details still have to be worked out.

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