Sex Offender Series: Part III

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 28, 2007 at 8:41 PM EDT

More than a decade ago, 38 year old Paul Danek of Johnson City served jail time for rape involving 2 teenage girls.

Last month he was arrested again.

This time, charged with sex abuse, accused of touching a 15 year old girl.

Danek is a registered sex offender, but he's not listed on the state's online sex offender directory.

Danek was convicted before 1996, when the sex offender law went into effect.

That's when the state started classifying sex offenders as level 1, 2 or 3.

So, you won't find much, if any, information about sex offenders convicted before then.

In 2004, a court said these sex offenders would get new hearings.

As a result, some sex offenders were re-classified to different levels.

"But because of that court decision, some that weren't sex offenders, were all the sudden re-classified, and now they are," says Captain Alex Minor of Binghamton Police.

"I think that's the clear explanation for why we went from a very small number to a higher number in a relatively short period of time," says Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.

And many of those court hearings are still going on, like in Paul Danek's case.

Legally, police can only say he's a registered sex offender, but can't say anything else.

So you won't find Danek here on this Internet directory, and you may not know about others who live in your neighborhood.

You won't find others who have been convicted of a sex crime before 1996 if they haven't had a court hearing yet. \

Or, any level 1 offenders either.

Level one offenders are the ones classified as the least dangerous.

This online list only gives you information about level 2 and 3 offenders, those considered the most dangerous.

As far as the number of sex offenders living among us, here's what Action News uncovered.

Broome County is not number one among all of New York's 62 counties.

Broome ranks 14th among the 62 counties in sex offenders per capita.

There are 2.04 sex offenders for every one thousand people.

But, when you compare the numbers to other metropolitan areas of the state, Broome County is at the top of the list.

Broome has more sex offenders per capita than any other metropolitan area.

More than Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo and New York City/Long Island.

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