Over 1,000 people sign petition to relocate sex offenders found living near day care

Four registered sex offenders were placed at the Orange Lake Motel, which is just 300 feet from Building Blocks Childcare Center in Newburgh.

News 12 Staff

Feb 4, 2021, 11:03 PM

Updated 1,264 days ago


There are calls for "common sense" changes to state law after four sex offenders were found living in a motel across the street from a day care.
Maria Marino runs Building Blocks Childcare Center on Lakeside Road in Newburgh.
She and parents were shocked last month when police released mug shots of four sex offenders living 300 feet away in the Orange Lake Motel.
Authorities say three of the men are level 2 sex offenders, whose victims were underage.
The day care has a petition with more than 1,000 signatures to relocate the sex offenders there and keep them away from preschools statewide.
Current law prohibits highest risk level 3 sex offenders from living 1,000 feet away from schools. Lawmakers, including Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobsen, say day cares are considered a loophole in the law, adding "While it is technically legal to house these offenders in such close proximity to nursery schools, to do so goes against common sense."
Jacobsen is co-sponsoring a new law to close that loophole and prohibit sex offenders from living near a child care center of any kind.

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