Three sex offenders jailed for not registering online accounts

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Penn Yan Village Police have arrested three sex offenders Richard M. Hall, 55, of 210 E. Elm Street Apt 8, Jeremy D. Jensen, 38, of 426 Liberty Street, and Franklin J. Goble Sr., 59, of 112 Stark Avenue Apt 2.  The three were arrested for not registering their social media accounts. 

Most of us are used to the traditional way of tracking sex offenders. Like where they live and move. Assistant District Attorney Sara Van Strydonck tells News 8 after offenders are sentenced they must register their address with the New York State’s Criminal Division.  

“The sex offender registry registration act is to really just to notify the police and the community and vulnerable populations as to where sex offenders reside, where they work maybe some internet accounts they have, “said VanStrydonck

Now, social media opens more potential avenues for possible predators which means new types of monitoring. 

Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy, Bill Connell is responsible for making sure offenders are staying on the straight and narrow. Connell says each case determines what monitoring is necessary. 

“How the crime was committed. Who the victim was. Did they know the victim, was there a weapon used? Drug or alcohol used? Was a persistent thing, was it a violent thing?” Connell said. 

One thing is clear if they’re allowed to have a computer and go on something like Facebook they have register their account with the State and local law enforcement. Then that information is handled at the federal level. 

“That’s the FBI the task force does a lot that. If there is anything that pops up on my radar, if somebody submits a tip then I’ll contact the FBI Cyber Crime task force and they will actually look into it.”

To report an incident involving sexual exploitation of children you should file a police report with your local law enforcement agency or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678

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