Eight Arrested Under New Sex Offender Legislation

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By Vanessa Baird-Streeter (Office of County Executive Bellone)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by Suffolk County Chief of Detectives William Madigan, Parents for Megan’s Law Executive Director Laura Ahearn, Director of Probation Patrice Dlhopolsky and members of the Suffolk County Legislature to announce that initial arrests have been made under the Suffolk County Community Protection Act, sex offender legislation that provides for the toughest monitoring and enforcement program in the nation.

The Community Protection Act, which was enacted earlier this year, includes a partnership with Parents for Megan’s Law (PFML), the most respected organization dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse in the region. It provides law enforcement and PFML with the resources they need to verify that registered sex offenders are in compliance with all elements of sex offender law and provides for heightened monitoring of the over 1,000 registered sex offenders who reside in Suffolk County.

Bellone announced the arrest of eight registered sex offenders who were found to be in violation of sex offender laws as a result of the Community Protection Act. They are:

Brian Riley (Level 3 Sex Offender) – Arrested for failing to report for his 90 day appearance. Convicted in 8/1998 in Nassau for Sexual Abuse 1st Degree on a 7 year old female child.

Robert White (Level 3 Sex Offender) – Arrested by 3rd Precinct Patrol for VTL warrant.  Convicted 3/1996 for sex abuse 1st x 2 (sexual contact with a child less than 11). Convicted 3/2011 for Sex Abuse 3rd (rubbed the breast of a female adult).

Lawrence Greene (Level 2 Sex Offender) – Arrested for failing to register a change of address. Convicted 9/2006 Rape 3rd on a 15 year old victim.

Kevin Griffin (Level 2 Sex Offender) –  Arrested for failing to have photo taken. Convicted in 4/1990 for Kidnapping 2nd and Sodomy 1st by forcible compulsion.

Lawrence Lindlau (Level 2 Sex Offender) – Arrested for failing to have photo taken. Convicted 12/2002 of Sodomy 3rd, had deviate sexual intercourse with a 15 year old child.

Terrance Carter (Level 1 Sex Offender) – Arrested for participating in computer activity involving sexually stimulating material. Convicted in 12/2008 of Rape 2nd of a 14 year old female.

Christopher Phillips (Level 1 Sex Offender) – Arrested for failing to have photo taken.  Convicted 10/2008 Sex Abuse 2nd for sexually abusing a child that was less than 14 years old.

Kevin Stannard (Level 1 Sex Offender) – Arrested for failing to have photo taken.  Convicted 12/1994 of Sexual Abuse 2nd – sexually abused a female adult victim.

“Because of the adoption of the Suffolk County Community Protection Act and through the efforts of the Suffolk County Police Department, Parents for Megan’s Law and Suffolk County Probation, we now have the ability to monitor registered sex offenders in Suffolk County like never before,” said County Executive Bellone. “These arrests prove that with a comprehensive plan to strengthen verification efforts, we have the tools needed to keep our communities safe.”

“Parents rely on up to date sex offender registry information to keep their children safe,” said Parents for Megan’s Law Executive Director Laura Ahearn. “As a tool, the registry is only effective if it is accurate. This program will not only ensure accuracy, but send a message to registrants that they must comply with the law. We are proud to be part of a team dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable in Suffolk County, brought together through the leadership and support of County Executive Steve Bellone and the Legislature.“

“Protecting children from sex offenders is a high priority for the Suffolk County Police Department,” said Police Commissioner Edward Webber.  “Special Victims Section detectives will continue to work closely with other county agencies to enforce the Community Protection Act, a proactive approach to ensure that sex offenders are complying with laws.“

“I want to thank the members of our Police and Probation Departments for taking swift action to protect our most vulnerable residents,” stated Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne R. Horsley. “I am confident they will continue to be vigilant in working with Parents for Megan’s Law for the safety of our children.”

Bellone Press Conference

Photo above: Legislator Kate Browning, Deputy Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley, Legislator DuWayne Gregory, Laura Ahearn-Executive Director of Parents for Megan’s Law, County Executive Steve Bellone, SCPD Chief of Patrol John Meehan, Patrice Dlhopolsky-Director of Probation, SCPD Chief of Detectives William Madigan, Assistant Deputy County Executive Errol Toulon, Detective Lieutenant Steve Hernandez.

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