New York Law Journal
June 24, 2003
A photograph of a 24-year-old Monsey man and details of his conviction for sexually abusing a child have been sent to Ramapo families.
Yoel Oberlander was classified by a court as a Level 2 offender, which is considered at moderate risk of becoming a repeat offender.
Oberlander pleaded guilty in 2002 to second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors. He admitted in County Court to having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl. The sexual abuse took place in the Spring Valley and Ramapo area.
Both police departments investigated Oberlander, who was sentenced to six years' probation.
Spring Valley police notified the East Ramapo school district that Oberlander had registered his home address in Monsey. The Ramapo Police Department also was notified.
Earlier this month, East Ramapo officials sent about 8,000 letters containing Oberlander's photo, conviction and ZIP code home with students to give to their parents. The district also sent the information to private schools in Ramapo.
Under state law, police can tell school districts only the ZIP code for a Level 2 offender, not the full address. A full address is provided for those considered high risk, or Level 3. The low-risk category is Level 1.
Oberlander was among several sex offenders recently reported to East Ramapo school district residents. People have posted their photos in town, though in some places, residents said, Oberlander's photo was taken down.
The notifications are sent out after an offender gets a classification hearing in County Court. A judge decides if a person is Level 1, 2 or 3. Hearings are held for those convicted between 1996 and 2000, those moving in from another state and those recently convicted.