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NY: Sex offender’s future home goes up in flames amid neighborhood outcry

Residents of a Long Island neighborhood were so afraid that a kiddie-perv teacher was about to move in that someone posted fliers alerting everyone — and on Tuesday, his family’s under-construction home was burned to the ground. Full Article

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If the person who put up the flyers started the fire or even encouraged someone else to start that fire, they are an accomplice to a crime.
It could have ended in far greater tragedy, engulfing the home next door, killing people inside.
Whoever placed those posters should be tracked down and prosecuted for insighting a hate crime.

@kat IDK that it rises to legal status as a hate crime, though I’d love to see it as that. That said, it would be nice to believe LE will take up the flyers and look for fingerprints (is posting such info by an individual against NY’s SORA?). But I’m sure they will just not have the “resources” to follow such a case. Regardless, another fine example of how the registries themselves are a threat to the public. But apparently giving information to someone unhinged enough to arson a home, and threaten other innocents next door, is fine…or perhaps even… Read more »

I’m not sure what the laws are in NY, but in CA putting up such fliers is grounds for both criminal and civil prosecution. If the fire was arson, that’s criminal on its own. And the combination of the two I would hope be special circumstances for additional penalties.

I don’t know about not being able to do that here in CA , because someone comes every year and gives one to my land lord , and I have to over come the same crap every year , because all of the new people renting start going all witch hunter

That would be great if the person who posted the flyers could be prosecuted. It would be karma.

Except no one will be punished, the police won’t even investigate… I know the wife of the guy from a long time and she is a great person, who is punished by someone else’s misdeeds… Its sad.

My heart weeps for this family. This is characteristic of a witch hunt behavior and is indeed a hate crime. My prayer is that the people responsible for this are found and prosecuted. Unfortunately, because of the stigma attached to sex offenders and the attitude that blankets law enforcement regarding people convicted of sex offenses, this will probably get low level attention from law enforcement. Let the person who started the fire be caught. Let them endure a trial, let them be truly remorseful for behavior undertaken. Then let them face all the obstacles that will be put in their… Read more »

you’re right build what’s the chances of that happening unfortunately not very high…

I wanted to post a comment at the article but did not see any way to do that. Does anyone see a way? I hope this fire was an accident. Because if it was not then this neighborhood has a criminal who, unlike Daniel Reilly, is actually very dangerous to strangers and society. A person who intentionally set that fire could very easily already be a murderer and murdered more people. This story just illustrates the pure stupidity that is the S*x Offender Registries (SORs). The SORs embody stupidity. If I lived in that neighborhood with my 13 year old… Read more »

@Will A
The only way/place I found to post about this article is on Google+ (https://plus.google.com/+nypost). It’s a ways down and for now the only comment is “Oops.”

–AJ

Fires don’t have boundaries. Only a person with a severely disordered state of mind would burn down someone’s house because they didn’t want them as a neighbor. The residents have something far worse to worry about now- a pyromaniac in their midst. One of my neighbors tried to burn down his own house with his partner in it because of a domestic quarrel, a few years back. ( we live in a high risk fire area) He got 2 years in prison.

Laura Ahearn, it’s working just as you want it. You self serving User. You POLITICAL Hack.

Who is going to pay for this damage when no arsonist is identified?

@Eric Knight
Probably the builder through insurance or bonding.

–AJ

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