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April 17, 2006

Experts will Discuss Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification May 1

OSWEGO – A panel of experts will explain the requirements of New York State’s sex offender registry and its impact on the community at a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1. The panel discussion will take place in Ralph M. Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Oswego High School, 2 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego. Parents, community leaders, school officials, and interested citizens throughout Oswego County are invited to attend.

Fulton Police Chief Mark Spawn will explain the sex offender registry and verification requirements of Section 168 of the New York State Corrections Law, including the three levels of convicted sex offender, and what they mean. Panelists will include Oswego County Court Judge James McCarthy, Oswego County District Attorney Donald Dodd, Oswego County Attorney Richard C. Mitchell, Robin Braunstein, division director of Services to Aid Families; Oswego County Probation Director Barbara Schuler, a representative of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Susan Coffey of the Oswego City Police Department; and Captain Cindy Adam of Oswego State University Police. Oswego City School Superintendent David Fischer will serve as moderator.

Panelists will explain their agencies’ responsibilities in prosecuting, monitoring, sentencing, community notification, and treatment of sex offenders, and answer questions from the audience. The community meeting is organized by the Domestic Violence Coalition of Oswego County (DVCOC).

“People have many questions about the registration and community notification requirements, monitoring and enforcement, and information contained in the sex offender registry,” said Judge McCarthy. “The purpose of this discussion is to explain the law and give people an opportunity to have their questions answered. The panel includes representatives of law enforcement, corrections, victim advocates, and the school community.”

For information, call Services to Aid Families, phone 342-1544, or the Oswego County Public Information Office, phone 349-8322.

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