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The People of the State of New York v. Lashawn J. Scott

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


June 8, 2012

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
RESPONDENT,
v.
LASHAWN J. SCOTT,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Monroe County Court (Frank P. Geraci, Jr., J.), entered January 24, 2011. The order determined that defendant is a level three risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act.

People v Scott

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 June 8, 2012

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., SMITH, CARNI, LINDLEY, AND MARTOCHE, JJ.

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously reversed on the law without costs and the matter is remitted to Monroe County Court for further proceedings in accordance with the following Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order determining that he is a level three risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act ([SORA] Correction Law § 168 et seq.). We agree with defendant that County Court erred in granting the People's request, made for the first time at the SORA hearing, to assess 20 additional points for risk factors that were not included in the risk assessment instrument, and therefore to determine that defendant is a level three risk rather than a level two risk. As the People correctly concede, they failed to provide defendant with the requisite 10-day notice that they intended to seek a determination different from that recommended by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders (see § 168-n [3]; People v Gardner, 59 AD3d 604), and the court otherwise failed to provide defendant with "a meaningful opportunity to respond to the proposed amendment" (People v Ferguson, 53 AD3d 571, 572; cf. People v Warren, 42 AD3d 593, 594, lv denied 9 NY3d 810). Furthermore, defendant properly objected to the People's request (cf. People v Charache, 9 NY3d 829, 830). Because defendant was denied his due process rights by the assessment of the additional points, we reverse the order, thereby vacating defendant's risk level determination, and we remit the matter to County Court for further proceedings in compliance with Correction Law § 168-n (3) (see People v Hackett, 89 AD3d 1479, 1479- 1480). Entered: June 8, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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