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Registered Sex Offender Charged With Sexual Abuse, Using Social Media

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Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on March 29th, 2018, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office arrested Scott A. Vanhoven, age 41, of Shamrock Road, West Union, New York. Mr. Vanhoven is currently a registered level 2 sex offender.

It is alleged that in March 2018 Mr. Vanhoven subjected a 14 year old male to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. During the investigation it was also discovered that Mr. Vanhoven allegedly created and used a Facebook account which he did not report to the sex offender registry.

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Vanhoven was charged with one count of Sexual Abuse in the first degree a class D Felony, one count of Correction Law 168-T, Failure to Register or Verify, and one count of Correction Law 168-F(4) Failure to Notify DCJS of Change of Internet Access or Internet Identifiers, both class E Felonies.

Vanhoven was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 property bond for the Sexual Abuse charge and $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond for the Correction Law charges. Mr. Vanhoven is to appear in West Union Court and Town of Bath Court on April 4, 2018.

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office.

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Ann    20

An example of how criminals always obey the law and terms of parole/probation. 

Perhaps we need more laws for controlling Facebook and social media too.

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Mark    77

Already a level 2 offender and he harms yet another child?  I'm for making him sing falsetto and then throwing away the key.

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KReed    46

http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/

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There are three levels of sex offenders – Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.

By law, only Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are listed on the public directory. 

 

 

Seems like it would be a reasonable idea to maybe just not release someone at “high risk of re-offense” from jail to begin with.

That’s always baffled me.

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