To begin with, there are three legal classifications of sex offenders:
- Level 1: These offenders are considered to be "a low risk of repeat offense." Law enforcement is permitted to disseminate some detailed information about these offenders to the public
- Level 2: These offenders are considered to be "a moderate risk of repeat offense." Law enforcement is permitted to disseminate more detailed information about these offenders to the public
- Level 3: These offenders are considered "a high risk of repeat offense/threat to public safety." Law enforcement is permitted to disseminate more detailed information about these offenders to the public
Level 2 & 3 Offenders
There are several ways to learn more about sex offenders. You can visit the Sex Offender Registry page on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. This will provide you with more detailed information about NYS laws. From there you will learn how to view the on-line Level 2 and Level 3 Sex Offender Subdirectory. This is a database for all level 2 and 3 sex offenders in New York State for which information can legally be released, including those offenders residing in Yates County. The U.S. Department of Justice also provides its National Sex Offender Public Registry that provides real-time access to public sex offender data nationwide with a single Internet search. States continue to come on line with this program.
Level 1 Offenders
For information about Level 1 sex offenders who reside in Yates County and outside the Village of Penn Yan, you can view the Sex Offender Information page. From there, you can also access the NYSDCJS website and Subdirectory, as well as download a YCSO document for more information about Level 1 Sex Offenders. To learn about Level 1 Sex Offenders residing in the Village of Penn Yan, you may call the Penn Yan Police Department at 315-536-4426.