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Board is given draft of sex offender listing

A rough draft of the sex offender directory city school district officials have been developing over the past six weeks was presented to the Niagara Falls School Board for review Thursday night.

Public Relations Director Judie Gregory displayed the document, which shows the pictures, names, ages, addresses and criminal charges of about 150 convicted sex offenders who live here.

The sex offenders are listed in groups according to how likely they are to commit another sex crime and by the ZIP code where they live. Level 1 sex offenders represent those who are least likely to commit another sex crime, while Level 3 offenders are considered most likely to commit another crime, according to the state's sexual offender Web site.

The directory also gives safety tips on what to do and what not to do for a parent to keep their children safe from sexual predators.

School Superintendent Carmen A. Granto said the directory will be reviewed by Angelo Massaro, the district's attorney, and city police officials to make sure the document doesn't violate any law or anyone's civil rights.

He said he will bring it back to the board for consideration, probably next month, once he hears the document is legally fit to print and make public. It could be published as early as January.

He said the directory was drawn up "in response to significant parental requests, because a lot of them don't have access to a computer" to check out the state's sex offender Web site.

"They've asked us to publish a brochure of the sexual offenders who live in Niagara Falls because we have a high number of them," Granto said.


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