BUFFALO, N.Y. - There are laws in place to protect children from sex offenders while they're at school, daycare and at the doctor's office. But 2 On Your Side has found there are legal loopholes that some believe are putting our children in danger.
State law in New York does not prohibit registered sex offenders from working in many positions, such as youth sports coaches, dance teachers or karate instructors.
Antonio Staley owns Western New York Martial Arts and Fitness Academy on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo. Staley is a level two sex offender. In 2006, he was convicted of Attempted Sexual Misconduct and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. In addition, he was required to register as a sex offender.
Staley maintains that he was wrongly convicted. "There was no evidence," Staley said. "Nothing to support that at all."