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Locals Talk With D.A.'s Sex Crime Unit About Arrival of Sex Offenders

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — Frank Green of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office travelled to Bedford on Wednesday to discuss Megan’s Law on the heels of news that two registered sex offenders now reside in Bedford.

Residents were recently alerted that level two sex offender Steve Milligan of 22 Turtlepond Lane in Bedford Village, and level three sex offender David Ohnmacht of 126 Harris Road in Katonah are both living in the area. Supervisor Lee V.A. Roberts said the arrival of Milligan was originally the cause for the community meeting, even before the return of Ohnmacht just last week.

Kim Megna is a mother of a second grade child in Katonah Elementary School, and was at the meeting to voice her concerns about the return of Ohnmacht to Katonah, along with soaking in the important information doled out by the county.

“I’m out to make sure that I know all of the ins and outs” she added, “and to make my presence known as the parent of a youngster. I think it’s important for the town that we know our rights and we know the law.”

Green, the chief of the Westchester County D.A.’s Sex Crimes Unit, spoke at length about Megan’s Law, which is a set of laws that require law enforcement to provide the public with information about registered sex offenders.

At the meeting, locals asked many questions about Ohnmacht, who was convicted on charges of sexual assaults on girls aged 14 and under, including counts of first-degree rape, attempted rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and possessing pictures of a sexual performance by a child.

Green said there is a measure of confinement that includes Ohnmacht having “a GPS bracelet so his parole officer can track his movements.”  Both Ohnmacht and Milligan are required to check in with the police every 90 days for the rest of their lives. Ohnmacht must appear in person, while Milligan must check in via a paper form.

According to Green, the Sex Offender Registration Act in New York State is part of Megan’s Law. It is a two-part statute – the first requires offenders to register with the state when they are entering a community, the second part includes notifying communities about the presence of sex offenders in those communities.

Megna said she knows that, even with the measures taken by law enforcement, parents can’t help but worry about their child’s safety.

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