AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – The University at Buffalo is warning its students about a convicted sex offender who has enrolled in classes.
Daniel Lampke, who was convicted in March of attempted possession of a sexual performance by a child, is taking classes at UB. The 21-year-old, a Level 2 sex offender, is currently serving six years of probation. He is not residing on campus.
“I was thankful that I received the email,” said student Paul Lupano about the email that arrived on the first day of the fall semester.
Student Lisa Kuhn thought it was an invasion of privacy for the person that was involved.
“I do believe students should have access to the information if they want to, but I don’t believe that his address should be displayed and just sent to us.”
The university made it clear in the alert that he does not live on campus and they don’t consider him a threat. In an email sent to students, the university wrote, “While University Police do not see this as a specific threat, the university is sharing this information in accordance with the law.”
“I feel like somebody with a family and little kids probably would like to know that thing,” said UB employee Adolpho Quinones.
“You know, there are two sides to every story, and if you want to look at it from his point of view,” said Lupano. “I’ll be completely honest with you, I did search his name on Facebook.”
Under Megan’s Law, sex offenders are required to notify the registry when they enroll at, attend, or are employed by a college institution. The university is then required to notify other students when a Level 2 or Level 3 sex offenders has become part of the campus community
“I’m glad that they did send that email out to everybody, but yeah, I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to study. If he’s wanting to do something with his life, he should be allowed,” said UB graduate student Vidya Ramakrishnan.