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The People of the State of New York v. Prashant Agarwal

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.
PRASHANT AGARWAL,
DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Appeal from an order of the Cayuga County Court (Mark H. Fandrich, A.J.), dated June 20, 2011.

People v Agarwal

Decided on June 8, 2012

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.

PRESENT: SCUDDER, P.J., CENTRA, PERADOTTO, CARNI, AND LINDLEY, 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: On appeal from an order determining that he is a level two risk pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law § 168 et seq.), defendant contends that County Court's upward departure from his presumptive classification as a level one risk to a level two risk is not supported by the requisite clear and convincing evidence (see § 168-n [3]). We reject that contention. There is clear and convincing evidence that defendant used the internet to engage in sexually explicit conversations with an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl, instructed her to masturbate, provided her with Web sites to educate her about sexual positions, communicated to her that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with her, and " exhibited a willingness to act on his compulsions' " by arranging to meet with her and then arriving at the arranged meeting with various items demonstrating his intent to engage in sexual activity (People v Blackman, 78 AD3d 803, 804, lv denied 16 NY3d 707). In our view, the People thereby presented evidence of aggravating factors " of a kind, or to a degree, not otherwise adequately taken into account by the [risk assessment] guidelines' " (People v McCollum, 41 AD3d 1187, 1188, lv denied 9 NY3d 807). Entered: June 8, 2012 Frances E. Cafarell Clerk of the Court

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