Report: 13 civilly committed sex offenders freed in NY state

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A ruling by New York state’s highest court has led to the release of 13 civilly committed sex offenders, according to a report.

State records obtained by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle ( ) show that the 13 sex offenders “are no longer subject to civil management.”

In October, the Court of Appeals ruled that a sex offender could not remain institutionalized based solely on a diagnosis of what is called “antisocial personality disorder,” or ASPD. The court ruled that ASPD establishes “only a general tendency toward criminality and has no necessary relationship to a difficulty in controlling one’s sexual behavior.”

The state has declined to release the names of the 13 sex offenders released so far, citing privacy laws. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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