Facility closure pushes sex offenders into WNY group homes

NEWSTEAD, N.Y. (WIVB) – A sex offender moving into a group home in Newstead has created a controversy among neighbors.

News 4 has learn the man was moved from the Monroe Developmental Center near Rochester, which shut down two months ago, and that another group home has just opened in Colden in order to accommodate more of the clients from that institution.

On Wednesday, nearly a hundred Newstead residents turned out to try and get answers about the Level 2 sex offender now living at a group home on Rapids Roads. Richard Preston, 59, is developmentally disabled. Around 20 years ago, he molested a 4-year-old girl.

Preston is under constant supervision, and like the other clients in his group home, he came from the Monroe Developmental Center. That is also where seven other registered sex offender who just moved into two new group homes on Leydecker Road in West Seneca came from.

Assemblyman Mickey Kearns said, “Unfortunately, when the State of New York, in the dead of night, brought Level 3 sex offenders into our neighborhood without any notification, without any transparency, that concerns me greatly.”

Now a group home has been opened on Holland Glenwood Road in the Town of Colden by Suburban Adult Services for the purpose of placing five more clients who used to live at the Monroe Center. The CEO of Suburban Adult Services tells News 4 all of the clients are supervised around the clock, and none of them are registered sex offenders.

The closing of the facility near Rochester left around 100 clients needing placement in group homes. The State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities would not tell News 4 how many of those 100 are registered sex offenders.

“We have a gray area here and it’s something that needs to be corrected by the state,” Kearns said.

He plans to be in attendance at a protest outside of the the two new state group homes on Leydecker Road in West Seneca this Saturday at noon.

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