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Sex offender law under fire

May 31, 2009 7:47:58 AM PDT
Records show at least two of New York's nine most dangerous sex offenders freed under a two-year old civil confinement law have faced arrest on sex charges again, including one who this week shot at a police officer then killed himself. Some state lawmakers now say they'll study the law to see if it's too easy for threats to be returned to the streets.

The latest case is that of Ken-Tweal Catts. A jury set him free in September after he was confined following his conviction for rape. On Wednesday, he shot a Dutchess County deputy while Catts was being charged with a rape from days before. He holed up for three hours in the county sheriff's department before shooting himself.

The law is aimed at confining dangerous sex offenders after their release from jail.


NEW YORK AND TRI-STATE AREA NEWS

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