Senator Christopher Connors, Assemblyman Brian Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove praised the recent signing of legislation (A-3766) expanding the scope of state anti-corruption laws.

Connors, Rumpf & Gove praised the recent signing of legislation expanding the scope of State anti-corruption laws. (©iStock)

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Any person who holds or has held any public office, position, or employment will forfeit their pension or retirement benefit if convicted of sexual contact, lewdness, or sexual assault when the offense is related directly to the person’s performance in, or circumstances flowing from, the specific public office or employment held by the person.

The law, authored by Assemblyman John Armato (D-2), would also require pension forfeiture if the person is convicted of the crime of corruption of public resources in the first degree.

“Unquestionably, the new law upgraded existing state anti-corruption laws to include more criminal acts unbefitting a public office or position. 

“The state’s anti-corruption law had already included a host of crimes including, not limited to, criminal coercion, theft by deception, commercial bribery, money laundering, improper influence and official misconduct.

“Individuals who commit acts of sexual assault, sexual contact or lewdness have absolutely no place in public service and, certainly, should not be entitled to a public pension on account of the seriousness of their crimes.

“With effective enforcement, this strengthening of the state’s anti-corruption laws should serve as a strong deterrent in addition to holding accountable those found guilty of betraying the public trust.”