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73-year-old sex offender arrested in Leicester has long history of rape

April 17, 2018 09:04 PM

A 73-year-old who will be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life is facing charges after he failed to update his photo.

Melvin Carter, of Leicester in Livingston County, was arrested after being accused of failing to update his sex offender registry photo with the Livingston County Sheriff's Office. He was arraigned in the Village of Geneseo Court and will remain in custody until his next court date. 

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Sex offenders are required to update photos on a yearly basis with local law enforcement. Although it seems like just a minor infraction, it is actually a felony, and one that the Sheriff's Office takes seriously, especially given Carter's history- he was convicted of a series of horrific crimes in California in the 1970s. 

"He's accused and convicted in the state of California of raping women by knifepoint," says Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty, "That happened in the seventies."

Although it happened decades ago, the history of the serial rapist continues to haunt his victims. His crime are detailed in newspaper archives- describing how he would stalk female college students in California, slicing their phone lines and then sneaking into their room at night... and then raping them at knifepoint.

He served his prison time and is now a level three registered sex offender, the highest and most serious level for a registered sex offender. Communities in California forced him out after he served his sentence, and eventually he moved to Leicester, his registered address being a mobile home park off York Road. 

"He's been in Livingston County for several years," says the Sheriff. "We've had no problems, no issues with him. Most residents wouldn't even know he was here. Now, us in law enforcement are aware because we know his past. We monitor him like we do any other sex offender." 

Part of that monitoring includes an upgraded photo. The Sheriff says Carter failed to provide a new photograph this year- and investigators were on their way to carter when he showed up at their office. 

"The consequence if convicted, he could serve prison time," says the Sheriff, "It's serious in the eyes of the law, and I can tell you here in the Sheriff's Office we are strict on our sex offenders. Why? We worry about the vulnerable, especially children or violent acts like this gentleman is accused and convicted of." 

Carter has not been accused or charged with any new sex crimes, but he'll remain behind bars for now. 

 

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