Sex Offenders Registry
Please Note: Not all sex offenders are covered under the 1996 Sex Offenders Registration Act (SORA). This limits us in publishing a "complete list" of offenders and offenders that had violations prior to 1996. Please be sure to read the important information below.
Please Note: The Town of West Seneca is providing this information to our community through the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) which was passed in 1996. This legislation covers those offenders who have been convicted of certain crimes (sex offenses). SORA requires Registered Sex Offenders to keep local law enforcement agencies and the Division of Criminal Justice Services informed of their current address and provides penalties for the failure to do so. Not all sex offenders are covered under this legislation.
The information contained on this Registry can change quickly so the current residence, status or other information regarding an offender may not be accurate. Though much of the information is of record, some information is gathered from the offenders themselves who may fail to provide any or accurate information.
As a parent, you should always know, and feel comfortable with, any person who has unsupervised access to your child. Never assume that because someone you know is not on a list of known sex offenders that there is nothing to worry about. Trust your instincts!
It is important to remember that many sex crimes (especially crimes against children) go unreported. Of the cases that are reported, many can not be prosecuted for a variety of reasons. Although SORA is a powerful tool for making communities safer, it only provides information on a small population of all potential sex offenders living in the community. Do not infer a false sense of security from the limited information contained in any notifications about sex offenders living in your community.
How is a sex offender's risk determined?
There are three levels of offense risk: level 1 (low), level 2 (moderate), and level 3 (high).
As a general rule, the sentencing court will make the risk assessment either at the time of sentence (in probation cases) or when the offender is released from custody (in jail or prison cases). The law also establishes a Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to make recommendations to the court in jail and prison cases.
- Level 1 Sex Offenders
When determined that the risk of reoffense by an offender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders shall give that offender a Level 1 designation. Due to changes in the law, relevant information on Level 1 offenders can be disseminated to the general public, however certain information pertaining to a Level 1 offender can not be disseminated
- Level 2 Sex Offenders
Where the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders determines that the risk of reoffense is moderate and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safety interest is served by public availability of registration information, it shall give a level 2 designation to the sex offender.
- Level 3 Sex Offenders
Where the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders determines that the risk of reoffense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 designation to the sex offender.
For more information contact the West Seneca Police Department or visit the Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry online. You may also call the NYS Sex Offense Registry at 1-800-262-3257. You can obtain from them limited information on all levels of sex offenders.
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