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April 28, 2006

Community Meeting on Sex Offender Notification is Set for May 1

OSWEGO -- The Domestic Violence Coalition of Oswego County will sponsor a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, to inform people of the community notification requirements for the state sex offender registry and Megan’s Law.

The panel discussion will be held in the Ralph Faust Theatre of Oswego High School, 2 Buccaneer Blvd., Oswego. All interested persons are encouraged 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.

Guest panelists will explain their agencies’ roles in community notification and the prosecution, monitoring and treatment of sex offenders in the community. Panel members include County Court Judge James McCarthy, Presiding Judge of the Oswego County Sexual Offenses Court; 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; Sergeant Jeff Dunsmoor and Undersheriff Robert Lighthall of the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Susan Coffey of the Oswego City Police Department; and Captain Cinthia Adam of Oswego State University Police. Oswego City School Superintendent David Fischer will moderate the discussion.

“While many people are aware of the sex offender registry, they may not know what is included in the registry, and what isn’t,” said Chief Spawn. “Megan’s Law and the Sex Offender Registry provide information to the community - but these are only tools. Depending upon the risk level of an offender, certain information can be made available. The more serious the offense, the more information can be released.”

Under Megan’s Law, all sex offenders in New York State are required to verify their registration annually and whenever they change their address. High risk offenders are additionally required to verify their address every 90 days at their local police agency.

“I am confident that the public will find this panel very informative,” said Police Chief Spawn. “The disciplines represented can share their experience and expertise as it relates to the monitoring, notification, enforcement and treatment of sex offenders.”

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. For information, contact Services to Aid Families, phone 342-1544, or the Oswego County Public Information Office, phone 349-8322.

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