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February 2, 2013

Sex-offender check results in one arrest

LEWIS — A check of the registered addresses of sex offenders in Essex County resulted in an arrest this week.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department made the countywide sweep of convicted sex offenders on Jan. 29 to make sure that they were living at the address they gave when they registered and were not in violation of the law.

The sweep included level 1, 2 and 3 offenders.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the police departments from Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Moriah; the United States Marshal Service; U.S. Border Patrol; and the Essex County Probation Department.

Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy David Reynolds said in a news release that the department constantly monitors sex offenders in the county, conducting one-day, countywide sweeps two or three times a year.

This time, he said, they arrested Willard Baker Jr., 41, of Main Street, Port Henry for failure to register, a felony.

When he was released from the Essex County Jail in November 2012 on unrelated charges, Baker failed to re-register his address in Port Henry, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Baker was arraigned in front of Moriah Town Justice Richard Carpenter and released on his own recognizance to await further court action.

Essex County has 134 registered sex offenders. There are 15 at the most serious level, Level 3; 52 at Level 2; and 64 at Level 1.

Reynolds said they try to check them all in one day when they do a sweep. He said there might be additional arrests pending further investigation.

Information on Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders can be found at: criminaljustice.state.ny.us/nsor/index.htm.

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