Dozens of registered sex offenders living in Suffolk County provided inaccurate addresses in the year since county lawmakers passed a law to intensify monitoring of the ex-convicts, and more than 140 others were found to have violated rules requiring them to update their photos on a state registry.
Laura Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law, contracted by the county last year to monitor more than 900 registered sex offenders, told lawmakers Thursday that the increased scrutiny has led to an increase in arrests for violating state reporting requirements.
“It’s not necessarily about arrests and convictions. It’s about ensuring that this [sex-offender] registry is what it’s supposed to be,” Ahearn said. “It’s supposed to be a tool for the community to use to protect themselves and their children.” Full Article