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Sex offender pleads guilty to not telling cops he moved

LOCKPORT - A Level 2 sex offender from Niagara Falls pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday in State Supreme Court for not telling police he had moved.

Stephon R. Hilson, 26, is required by the state Sex Offender Registration Act to keep police updated on his home address. Hilson said in court he now lives on Tronolone Place in the Falls.

However, Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said Hilson was registered as living on 72nd Street in the Falls when he was arrested Aug. 12 in a domestic violence case. At that time, he told police he was living on 20th Street, Nichols said.

The prosecutor recommended a sentence of no more than a year in the County Jail for Hilson, but Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. made no promises. He could send Hilson to state prison for as long as four years at the sentencing scheduled for Dec. 15. Kloch set $1,000 bail for Hilson in the meantime.

Hilson is a registered sex offender because of a 2008 conviction for third-degree rape of an 18-year-old girl, for which he served a year in the County Jail.

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