New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
October 25, 2012
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK,
People v Johnson
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 October 25, 2012
Gonzalez, P.J., Moskowitz, Acosta Freedman, Abdus-Salaam, JJ.
Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Eduardo Padro, J.), entered on or about November 17, 2009, which adjudicated defendant a level three sexually violent offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (Correction Law art 6-C), unanimously affirmed, without costs.
The record supports the court's discretionary upward departure to risk level two. Defendant has demonstrated an extremely high risk of recidivism, and the type of misconduct in which he habitually engages is sufficiently serious to warrant an upward departure to level three (see People v Corian, 77 AD3d 590 [1st Dept 2010], lv denied 16 NY3d 705 ).
The court properly classified defendant as a sexually violent offender. Defendant was convicted of persistent sexual abuse after that crime had been enumerated as a crime requiring classification as a sexually violent offense (see Correction Law §§ 168--a[a][ii],[b]), even though that crime was not classified under the Penal Law as a violent felony for sentencing purposes until 2007. In any event, defendant was still serving his sentence for that crime at the time of its reclassification in the Penal Law (cf. People v Buss, 11 NY3d 553 ).
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: OCTOBER 25, 2012
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