Advocacy group finds five sex offenders living in local group homes


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    Rochester, N.Y. (13WHAM) - Michael Carey's son, Jonathan, died in a group home back in 2007. Since then, he says its been his mission to try and make group homes safer for people like his son.

    On Monday, 13WHAM reported his advocacy group, named after Jonathan, found 33 cases of sex offenders living in group homes for the developmentally disabled in areas near Albany. On Tuesday, Carey said he had located five sex offenders living in group homes in Monroe County.

    "These are our most vulnerable citizens, and they are defenseless," said Carey. "They need help, and their families need help."

    Carey calls placing sex offenders in group homes, "outrageous."

    He says he expects to find more as his investigation continues. As of Tuesday night, he says he's found 40 cases statewide.

    Of the five offenders he located in Monroe County, two are classified as, "sexually violent offenders" on the New York State sex offender registry.

    Carey says one offender was located at a home on St. Paul Street in Rochester, while four others were found in two neighboring homes on Wilder Road in Hilton.

    When 13WHAM called a number associated with an address in Hilton, a woman who answered the phone said both homes there were run by the Finger Lakes Developmental Disability Service Office.

    When pressed about the topic of sex offenders living at the homes, the call was disconnected. When we called back, a man answered and referred questions to the state.

    Inquiries on the homes in Carey's report to the Finger Lakes DDSO and the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities went unanswered Tuesday.

    On Monday, the OPWDD told 13WHAM:

    "Under State law and decades long practice, people with developmental disabilities who have sex offender designations can be and have been legally and appropriately served in group homes. OPWDD only provides services for people with a diagnosed developmental disability as defined by state law, and OPWDD is further obligated by law to provide needed services to those who qualify regardless of a person’s clinical or forensic history. This practice has been followed for decades to assure that these individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services and supports while ensuring the safety of others."

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