COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – State Representative Al Cutrona (R-Canfield) announced Friday that he will be sponsoring legislation that would prevent sexual predators from working or volunteering in a position with extensive contact with minor children.

“Protecting our children will always be a top priority of mine and this legislation strives to accomplish that very goal,” Cutrona said.

There is no current law in place to prevent a Tier III Sex Offender from coaching youth sports or from operating a candy store catering to minors. Cutrona said his bill will correct that.

“We need to do everything we can to move forward on this bill, and it should be a priority because we have a loophole that our children, the most vulnerable people, are being placed at risk,” he said.

The bill will apply to any Tier II or Tier III sex offender.

Cutrona said his proposal would require employers to notify workers in advance that their jobs might have them around children, allowing potential violations to be avoided. It would also establish penalties for those who do violate the law.

Cutrona stated this legislation is imperative to ensure the safety of Ohio’s children.