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MARYVALE SAYS SEXUAL OFFENDER HAS LEFT DISTRICT

A paroled sex offender, whose move into the Maryvale School District upset residents, has moved out of the area.

School officials confirmed Tuesday that John Grace, 56, who served eight years in prison on rape and kidnapping convictions, no longer lives in the Maryvale School District.

The state Division of Parole recently informed the school district that Grace had moved, although it was not known where or why he moved.

More than 250 people attended a meeting last week to discuss Grace and the letter the district sent residents earlier this month notifying them that he had moved into the district.

Residents complained that the district had distributed insufficient information about the parolee and that a photograph of the man was only available by writing to Maryvale Superintendent Gary Brader.

The state Division of Parole recently enacted a new policy in which it informs school districts about the identity of paroled sex offenders living in a given school district.

Many school districts in Erie County have struggled with the issue of disseminating the information on paroled sex offenders to residents and complained that it is not their job.

Meanwhile, Brian Kuch, the resident who organized the March 21 meeting, said Tuesday he was informed that Grace had moved but added that the move has not stopped his interest in the issue.

"It was a wake-up call," Kuch said. ". . . We're not going to stop until we make some noise here."

Kuch is organizing an effort to change several state laws regarding convicted sex offenders.

For instance, he questioned whether paroled sex offenders should be taken off an electronic monitoring system before their parole expires.

Kuch also agreed with many school officials who argue that the state, and not the school districts, should inform residents when a sex offender moves into their area.

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