Reporting Mike Xirinachs
BABYLON, NY (WCBS 880) - Babylon town supervisor Steve Bellone says two missing sex offenders in his town are evidence of the need for government re-examination for sex offender verification procedures.
WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs With Steve Bellone
“This is too important. We’re going to actually go out and we’re going to verify whether people are living where they say they are on the registry and we’re going to let the public know it,” says Bellone. “This is not something government can afford to get wrong, and, therefore I believe we have to have a much stronger system of verification at the county level than we have today.”
He says, “There needs to be a strong effort to make sure that we are verifying in this county where sex offenders are living and that they are living in the locations that they report on that registry and that, if they are not living in those locations, that we will know about and they will be put back in prison.”
Bellone says the number of missing registered sex offenders has actually declined in recent years.
But he adds that there is no room for error and when it comes to our children, we can’t afford to make mistakes.