- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that increases the penalty for forcible touching on New York’s mass transit systems.

The Democrat said Saturday the new legislation could send offenders behind bars for up to a year.

The law says a person can be convicted for subjecting someone else to sexual contact to gratify the perpetrator’s sexual desire or to degrade the victim.

Offenders can be charged regardless of whether contact occurs directly or through clothing.

Cuomo says commuters have been victimized when someone grinds against them on crowded trains because they cannot flee their attacker.

Previously, the maximum penalty was three months in jail.

The NYPD said Saturday they were looking for a man who rubbed his arm on a woman’s breast on the subway earlier this month.

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