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The People of the State of New York v. Howard B. Washington

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


January 31, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
HOWARD B. WASHINGTON,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Monroe County Court (Frank P. Geraci, Jr., J.), entered October 29, 2010.

People v Washington

Appellate Division, Fourth Department

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.

Decided on January 31, 2012

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, CENTRA, LINDLEY, AND GORSKI, JJ.

The order determined that defendant is a level two risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order determining that he is a level two risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law § 168 et seq.). Contrary to defendant's contention, County Court's determination that he established a relationship with the victim for the purpose of victimization is supported by the requisite clear and convincing evidence (see § 168-n [3]). "The guidelines assess 20 points if the offender's crime . . . was directed at . . . a person with whom a relationship had been established . . . for the primary purpose of victimization" (Sex Offender Registration Act: Risk Assessment Guidelines and Commentary, at 12 [2006]). Here, the record establishes that defendant invited the victim, a 13-year-old girl who had run away from home and with whom he had no prior relationship, into his home and then had sexual intercourse with her several times in the ensuing two days. Thus, the record supports the determination of the court that defendant's primary purpose in establishing the relationship with the 13-year-old girl was for the purpose of victimizing her (see generally People v Carlton, 307 AD2d 763).

Entered: January 31, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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