New York State Exposed: Sex offender jailed

Updated: 03/06/2014 5:18 PM
Created: 03/06/2014 4:49 PM WHEC.com

News10NBC has new details on our New York State Exposed report on sex offenders living in local group homes.

At least a dozen male sex offenders were transferred to local homes after the Monroe Developmental Center closed in Brighton. News10NBC has learned one of the men in a home in Scottsville was arrested this week and is now locked up. 

It might seem like a harmless offense, refusing to have his picture taken. That’s what led sheriff’s deputies to arrest convicted sex offender Daniel Ambrose. But some neighbors say it only makes them more concerned.

Jonathan Millard lives with his girlfriend and their children across the street from a group home in Scottsville. Since hearing News10NBC’s reports that two sex offenders were recently moved into the state run home, he says they've been keeping a close eye on it.

Jonathan Millard said, "I kind of notice. We make sure the doors are locked; make sure the car is locked at night."

Earlier this week, one of the two sex offenders living at the group home in Scottsville was arrested is now in the county jail. Daniel Ambrose apparently doesn’t like to have his picture taken. According to police reports, he refused on three occasions to let police update his picture for the sex offender registry, a state requirement. Ironically, they took a photo of him when they booked him Monday night.

Ambrose is one of a dozen sex offenders that News10NBC recently highlighted in our New York State Exposed report. He was among those quietly moved to group homes across western New York after the state closed the Monroe Developmental Center in Brighton late last year. Ambrose had been in a secure wing of the MDC. 

Critics of the plan to de-institutionalize offenders warned that they could be a danger to themselves or others.So what does it mean to Millard that Ambrose was unwilling to follow one of the most basic rules?

Millard said, "That they probably shouldn't be allowing people like that to live there. It seems pretty simple to take a picture.”

The mayor of Scottsville is having a public meeting this Saturday to update the community and to clear up what he calls some misinformation. The meeting is at 10:00 a.m. at the village hall.

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