LOCKPORT - Niagara Falls authorities lost track of a Level 1 sex offender for more than a year because he failed to register a change of address, a prosecutor said Monday.
Walter J. Hillock, 27, was arraigned Monday in State Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with his second felony offense of failure to register. If convicted, he could go to prison for as long as seven years.
Hillock's last registered address, in 2015, was on 24th Street, but he was no longer living there. He was arrested Oct. 23 at a house at Whitney Avenue, Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said.
Hillock pleaded not guilty and told Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. that if he made bail, which Kloch set at $5,000, he'll be living in Ninth Street in the Falls.
A Level 1 offender is rated the least likely to commit another sex crime of the three offender levels, and their background information is not listed on the state's official sex offender registry.