2008-11-21 / Front Page

Rise In Level 3 Sex Offenders Roaming Rockaway

By Nicholas Briano

A total of 55 registered sex offenders currently reside on the Rockaway peninsula, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, which provides a public, online database of all criminals convicted of sex-related crimes. That number is up from 48 registered sex offenders at this time last year.

 
Many of the criminals, all of whom were convicted of rape and various other types of sexual assault of both children and adults, are out on the streets of Rockaway, experts say, and may present a serious threat to local residents.

The 55 moderate-to-high-risk sexual predators are all men and their residences span the entire Rockaway peninsula, according to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services website.

The Wave has compiled a complete photo list of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from the agency's website. That database provides a directory for each of the Rockaway zip codes, which lists not only the names of the criminals, but also their risk levels, aliases, filed addresses, and conviction and victim information.

Twenty-six of the men have been designated as a Level 3 risk, which is an increase from last year's report that listed only 19 men at that highest level. Level 3 means that the courts have determined they present the highest risk to society to recommit the sexual-related crimes of which they have been convicted.

In addition to the 26 highest-risk offenders, Rockaway is also home to 29 men who are classified at Level 2, which means they continue to present a moderate risk to commit sexual offenses again, but are not deemed to be as dangerous to the community as Level 3 offenders.

In many cases throughout New York, the victim is a minor and in Rockaway it is no different, as at least 70 percent of the convicts on our list have committed sex-related crimes on children 16 years old or younger. Some ages are undisclosed for a victim's protection.

Rockaway has seen a rise in the total number of sex offenders living on the peninsula, but has specifically seen a rise in Level 3 offenders from previous years.

Fifty-four percent of the total number of offenders on the peninsula reside in the confines of zip code 11691, a four percent increase from last year's Wave report.

Readers of The Wave should know that state and local law enforcement authorities, including the 100 and 101 Precincts in Rockaway, monitor convicted sex offenders and the NYPD has a unit committed solely to this cause.

Information on New York State's Level 2 and 3 sex offenders is available online and can be listed according to zip code. The state has made this information available due to the risk these offenders present to the community. However, locating Level 1 offenders, who are deemed low-risk, still requires the name, a specific address or other, typically confidential, information such as a Social Security number, in order to have them located.

Information on state-wide sex offenders is available free of charge on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website, www.CriminalJustice.State.NY.US or by calling 800-262-3257. The state promotes the responsible sharing of sex offender information "to ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your community," according to the website.

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why don't you PRINT their photos in the paper...are you WORRIED about violating THEIR civil rights???


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