Students alerted to sex offender living on Annabelle Street
Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 02:09
Senior Megan Melofchik, an Annabelle Street resident, said she found a flyer on her door late one night informing them of Megan’s Law, which requires sex offenders to keep authorities informed about their whereabouts.
“I was pretty freaked out,” Sennett said. “Enough to consider moving.”
According to university police Chief Patrick Ogden, director of Public Safety, there are several categories of sex offenders that depends on the crime.
“There’s three different levels of sex offenders,” Ogden said. “Tier one moderate or low risk, and it goes up to tier three, the more serious, maybe convicted of some type of felony.”
Ogden said that of the 4,704 sex offenders registered in Delaware, the majority of them are listed in the tier-two category.
The Delaware Sex Offender Central Registry website states that daycares and schools are told when a tier-two or three sex offender registers as working or living nearby. The website also states that neighbors are informed if they live near a tier-three offender.
According to the site, a tier-three offender is someone who is convicted of either rape in the first or second degree, unlawful sexual contact in the first degree, unlawful sexual intercourse in the first or second Degree, unlawful sexual penetration in the first or second degree, continuous sexual abuse of a child, sexual exploitation of a child or kidnapping in the first or second degree.
Ogden said sex offenders must register with the state for a period of time depending on how serious their offense was.
“Tier-one, every year up to at least 15 years and then they have some criteria to decide whether or not they have to keep registering,” he said. “Level two, 25 years at least. Tier-three, the most serious, required to register for the rest of your life.”
One of Melofchik’s roomates, senior Katie Sennett, said one of her roommates was home alone one day over the summer when the man they knew to be an offender knocked on the door and attempted to enter.
“Apparently he was like acting very strange, pacing back and forth, said he liked the girls and said he wanted to come in,” she said. “After she shut the door he stayed on the porch.”