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New York to ban sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
New York to ban sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered that the state make Pokémon a no-go for sex offenders.

The Governor ordered that a condition of parole for sex offenders that they stay away from Pokémon Go and similar interactive games, reports The New York Daily News.

All sex offenders under supervision will be barred from downloading, accessing or playing the game, under the new directive.

Roughly 3,000 predators currently on state parole will be immediately impacted and a further 5,000 lower level convicted sex offenders will be forced to adopt the new police in time, state officials said.

“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," Gov. Cuomo said.

"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."

If a sex offender is caught playing the game in New York, it would be a violation of the terms of their parole and they could be returned to prison, a Cuomo aide said.

The Pokémon Go app sends players on a hunt to catch digital Pokémon characters.