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Sex offenders in your community: A primer

Jan 14, 2011 6:58 am
It's a half hour to one-hour drive from most places in our coverage area, but still worth it for those with curiosity or fear. Onteora Middle/High School in the Ulster County town of Olive, located along Route 28 and easily accessible from the Route 23A corridor in Greene County, as well as from the Thruway, is hosting one of its popular speakers series events at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, January 18, called “Sex Offenders in Your Community: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Family.” School officials say the community forum will provide the public with accurate and timely information about sex offenders. It also is designed to dispel myths about sex offenders and advise community members about how to better protect their families from people who commit sex offenses. The forum also is designed to educate community members about the state’s Sex Offender Registry. Presenters at the forum will be from Ulster County Victims Assistance Program, the county Probation Department, the town of Ulster Police Department and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. Hopefully, attendees will avoid some of the witch hunt-like situations that have arisen in local communities around this issue in recent years.