SOMERS, N.Y. - Somers officials disclosed on Tuesday that convicted Level Two sex offender Sylvester Peeples is currently living in a condominium at Heritage Hills. He was convicted on a variety of sex-related charges on June 14, 2011.
“We were notified of his recent conviction by the Department of Criminal Justice Services in Albany," said Somers Chief of Police Michael Driscoll. "We’re not obliged to inform the public. It’s at my discretion. But our department has a policy of notifying the public of Level Two and Level Three offenders.”
Peeples was sentenced to 10 years probation, and must agree to abide by conditions and restrictions of the Sex Offender Registration Act and the county's probation department.
According to New York State statutes, Level Two offenders are considered to be at moderate risk of repeat offenses. Level Three offenders are considered at the highest risk to repeat.
“Peeples is not the greatest risk, but we won’t take a chance,” said Driscoll. “The county parole office will keep tabs on him. They’ll let me know if anything comes up. And we’ll also monitor the area.”
Peeples was convicted of promoting a sexual performance by a child under 17 years old, a class D felony. His other conviction was a similar charge with the child being under 16 years old, a class E felony. Both convictions involved computer pornography, police said.
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