William Joseph, a Level 2 Registered Sex Offender is living at 31 Apple Street in Sloatsburg, an address that is right next to the Sloatsburg Elementary School.
The information, which was provided by the Ramapo Police Department caused an online uproar with a Sloatsburg mother going as far as stating that they would end up in jail if their children were to come into contact with Williams. The uproar over alleged predators in local schools has not received nearly as much outrage, possibly because it doesn’t directly affect most people.
The offense that landed Williams on the Registered Sexual Offender list occurred on May 1, 2015 when in a car, he raped a 15 year old girl in Orangetown who is listed as the “child of a friend”. Williams was arrested in March 2016 and bail was set at $25,000.
New York State Penal Code 130.20 under which Williams was charged and convicted, covers oral and/or anal sexual conduct, or sexual conduct with an animal or a dead body. The charge listed on the registry states “Sexual misconduct: Person has Intercourse with another without consent.” The registry continues on to say that no weapon and no force was used. Although no weapon was used and no forced was used, a 15 year old cannot consent under New York State Law.
Williams was convicted on March 7, 2017 and sentenced to 9 months in jail.
Part of the uproar is from the fact that Williams is living so close to a school. Under New York State Law, there are no restrictions regarding where registered sex offenders may live however those who are on probation or parole may be subjected to other laws that would prevent them from living within 1,000 feet of a school or other childcare facility.
As Williams is not on probation or parole, there is no current law restricting where he chooses to live.
Williams is a 41 year old African American, 6’6” tall, weighing 200lbs.
New York State faces the dangerous “Catch and Release” Criminal Justice Reform Act which goes into affect on January 1, 2020.
Those who are opposed to having registered sex offenders living near schools and childcare centers and/or those who don’t want potentially dangerous people accused of serious crimes released without bail should contact their state-level elected representatives.
David Carlucci 845-623-3627
Ellen Jaffee 845-624-4601
Ken Zebrowski 845-634-9791
James Skoufis 845-786-6710
Karl Brabenec 845-544-7551
Colin Schmitt 845-469-0286
According to New York State law, anyone who uses this information to injure, harass or commit a criminal act against any person may be subject to criminal prosecution.