WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Since December, seven sex offenders have lived in two group homes on Leydecker Road. Neighbors across the street say since that time, police have been there every week – and it turns out they weren’t exaggerating.
Through a Freedom of Information request, News 4 has learned 911 was called 29 times to 510 Leydecker and 30 times to 526 Leydecker, for a total of 59 calls to the sex offender homes since January 1st. That means police or other emergency responders are there twice a week.
“That sounds like a very big problem,” said neighbor Krissy Pittner.
The calls range from harassment to first aid needed, from disorderly person to confused adult.
We reported earlier this month, police tried to coax sex offender Greg Tyman out of the woods after he wandered away. It turns out he isn’t the first sex offender who’s been reported missing.
In April, officers responded to 526 Leydecker for a report of a runaway. It was Timothy Knisley, a Level-3 sex offender, who in 2001, was convicted of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl.
“A Level 3 has a high risk of repeat offense. New York State doesn’t deny that. So if they know they can repeat this, why are they tempting them by putting them near a playground? By putting them where girls live across the street?” Pittner questioned.
The woods directly behind the sex offender houses are filled with walking trails trails that lead directly to a children’s playground.
“It’s adjacent to a park, where there are a lot of activities, where kids are playing, and people just don’t feel comfortable anymore,” said Assemblyman Mickey Kearns, (D) Buffalo.
We showed the police reports to Kearns.
“That is an unbelievable number,” he said.
He is now demanding answers from the state. The state moved the sex offenders into the community without warning after a secure facility in Monroe County was shut down. But Kearns says the state never explained who made the decision or the reasoning behind it.
The neighbors don’t just want answers, they want action.
“It’s the scariest thing ever,” said neighbor Michele Gray.
Mark Foley, the executive director of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, the agency monitoring these sex offenders, did not return a call requesting an interview.