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NY: West Seneca Neighbors Dismayed Albany Judge Will Hear Sex Offender Group Home Case

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — The battle to move sex offenders out of a group home in West Seneca will continue in Albany. On Tuesday, the judge moved the case on the state’s policy on sex offenders and housing from Erie County Court to Albany County.Since February, residents have repeatedly expressed outrage that seven registered sex offenders are living in a group home on Leydecker Road in West Seneca. They say the state moved the men to their neighborhood without notifying them.

“You’re putting the fox in the hen house,” said Fran Gray, a neighbor. “All summer, this past year, the kids have not been allowed to play outside themselves. They’re not allowed to come out unless mom or dad is out to keep an eye on things.” Full Article

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Reading the article I find it interesting that on one hand they scream concern about where RSO’s live but on the other hand they complain about their inconvenience of having to drive a distance a way for the hearing on the issue.

Seems to me the registrant is the one being inconvenienced the most. If it really is a big enough issue to them their one day off to trail shouldn’t be that big a deal to them.

This tells me the importance of the whole issue isn’t really that major to them. Am I reading something wrong here?

If my child were in great danger as these parents suggest their children are in, I would most certainly take a day off of work and drive a few hours to secure my child’s safety. It is abundantly clear that the issue here is NOT safety, but continued punishment and banishment from “their” community. It seems this is just something they want to bitch and complain about and really have no passion to see through to the end. This community likes their drama and they’ve found it in their fight against RSOs.

People of Seneca, stay at home and watch your children, because the vast majority of crimes against children, both sexual and otherwise, happen in the home by people you know and don’t suspect, because you’re focus is on the boogeyman, instead of where the problem is.

My kids are not allowed to play outside without mom or dad there to watch them. It has nothing to do with RSOs ,it has to do with our version of appropriate parenting.

This is like authorities using Valentine’s day to collect child support from non-compliant parents. This underscores how arbitrary the system is and how labeling is about self promotion of these agencies.

Why don’t they just to their jobs based on active cases, not the ones committed in the past that have virtually nothing to do with current events.

The article doesn’t tell the background of the story. Seven sex offenders were moved in 2 group homes in a residential neighborhood without anyone knowing. Up until December they were in a secure, locked facility because of their mental health issues. The State of NY shut this facility down to save money. Residents in this area are trying to find out how these individuals are suddenly deemed “ok” for group residence living when just a month before the facility shut down they had to be in a more secure environment. Any attempts at gaining this information have been shut down… Read more »

It’s always nice to get the rest of the story. I don’t trust the justice system to protect either side of the equation.

So now sex offenders are akin to human pollution. We can save a few bucks by closing down a facility and transporting the unwanted contents of the facility to some other area in secrecy and hope that no one finds out.

I always felt that equating sex offenders to the Jewish population in Europe during WWII was going too far, but I’m starting to realize it’s not WHAT they do to us but more about how they THINK about us…

We have less rights than some inanimate objects. Monsanto can keep the public from knowing what potential poisoning is in children’s food, yet we just have to know where that guy lives who had sex with his girlfriend twenty years ago when he was 16. Maybe registered citizens ought to form a corporation all 850,000 of us shareholders, since corporations have more say in what gets to be law than individual human nowadays.

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