Sex offenders can live anywhere.
That's the message behind a Sex Offender Watch Forum held in Sidney.
It aims to create communities that are more aware, and more cautious.
This round table discussion at the Sidney Civic Center teaches community leaders how sex offenders are identified and monitored.
"A sex offense is a violent crime. And the chance of re-offending is the big issue. These people will re-offend and that's why we want to make sure our citizens are notified of these people," said Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin.
- Just shows how ignorant this sheriff is. He is NOT an expert in the field of sex crimes, but law enforcement. There are MANY studies which disprove what he said above. Sex offenders are less likely than any other criminal, except murderers, to commit another RELATED crime. Just read those studies, and check the web for yourself. And not all sex crimes are violent crimes.
The Otsego County Sheriff's Office has an on line resource called "Offender Watch".
- That is what it's about, promoting their own web site!
People can scan its website and find where sex offenders live relative to their home, school, or business.
"It's too real, and in many ways it's so close we try not to pay attention to it," said New York State Assemblyman Pete Lopez.
"Rural School Districts like Sidney are spreading the message to their students. But counselors say more can be done to make them aware of on line predators that can be found on many social networking websites," said Action News reporter Erik Burling.
Joanne Moxley believes peer to peer counseling could be a plus for sex crime prevention.
- This is nothing to do with "prevention!" It's about spreading lies and myths, and promoting ones own web site!
"If we could have some of our students who have probably had the experience of sexual assault and perhaps a date rape situation, being able to empower them to come forward and share their story," said Joanne Moxley of the Bainbridge Central School District.
And explain where the danger lies.
The forum was sponsored by the New York State Assembly Minority's Sex Offender Watch Task Force.
So others will not have to feel the pain of becoming the victim of a sex crime.
- Yeah right! Your placebo laws will not prevent another sex crime. The death penalty doesn't prevent murder, now does it? So why do you think this will?