A sex offender passed out in Niagara County Court Thursday morning, seconds after learning he was going to state prison for failing to register his home address with the state.
Jason M. Meden, 41, of Niagara Falls fell to the floor after Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced him to 1 1/3 to four years in prison. Meden, who has been in the Niagara County Jail for the past 5 1/2 months, was handcuffed and shackled at the time.
Court security officers assisted him, and Meden was conscious and talking within moments. Paramedics from Twin City Ambulance took him out of the building in a wheelchair. Meden, wearing a neck brace, was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital for examination.
Meden is a Level 2 sex offender. He was placed on the sex offender registry after being convicted of second-degree rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl in 2007. His felony plea for failure to register was the third time he violated the state's Sex Offender Registration Act.
Before fainting, Meden told Murphy he didn't register his latest change of address last year because he had recently been assaulted, an incident that he said put him in the hospital for a week and left him with three broken ribs. He said he was worried about being attacked again.
"It's not that hard to find a sex offender," Meden said.