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Many surprised by sex offender loophole
Wheatland, N.Y. It was standing room only at a town-hall meeting concerning the residents living inside a group home in the village of Scottsville.
The concerns revolve around a recent arrest made at the home, located on 724 North road. Daniel Ambrose, a level-two sex offender was recently arrested there for refusing to update his picture for the New York State sex offender database.
Many in the neighborhood were completely unaware and never notified about a sex offender moving into the area.
My biggest concern is my pre-teen daughter, said Julie Thompson, who lives near the home where the arrest was made. My daughter is supposed to walk to the bus stop, but now I drive her.
The home is actually operated by the Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, but recently, due to the closure of the Monroe Development Center, some sex offenders have been relocated to homes similar to the group home in Scottsville.
Scottsville Mayor Paul Gee said after looking into the lack of notification that sex-offenders would be living in the Scottsville home, he learned about a loophole in the state law.
The state owns the group home, he said. So theres no update or notification required by state law.
Gee said he has since learned that in total, two registered sex offenders were living at the group home.
He urged all of the concerned residents at the meeting to contact NY State senators and assembly members to try and close what he viewed as a notification loophole.