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People v. Pratt

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK APPELLATE DIVISION SECOND JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT


April 21, 2009

PEOPLE OF STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
CHRISTOPHER PRATT, APPELLANT.

Appeal by the defendant from an order of the County Court, Westchester County (Cohen, J.), entered April 18, 2008, which, after a hearing, designated him a level three sex offender pursuant to Correction Law article 6-C.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

ROBERT A. SPOLZINO, J.P., ANITA R. FLORIO, HOWARD MILLER, RANDALL T. ENG, JJ.

DECISION & ORDER

ORDERED that the order is affirmed, without costs or disbursements.

Contrary to the defendant's contention, he was properly allocated points both for his expulsion from a treatment program (risk factor 12) and his release without supervision (risk factor 14), as there was clear and convincing evidence which merited the imposition of points in both categories (see People v Orengo, 40 AD3d 609, 610; see also People v Rouff, 49 AD3d 517, 517; People v Lewis, 37 AD3d 689, 690).

The defendant failed to present clear and convincing evidence of special circumstances that would warrant a downward departure from the presumptive level three designation established by the proof at the hearing (see People v Herron, 59 AD3d 414; People v Pasquarelli, 57 AD3d 753). The County Court appropriately designated the defendant a level three sex offender and providently exercised its discretion in denying his request for a downward departure.

SPOLZINO, J.P., FLORIO, MILLER and ENG, JJ., concur.

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