As we see it, there are no straightforward, cut-and-dried answers to either of these questions.
You can see this clearly if you stop and think for a moment about the first part of your problem.
By law, only Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are listed on the public directory.
This directory now posts multiple photographs of registered sex offenders, as they become available, to provide New Yorkers with additional information to keep their families safe.
Flirting, and even having an erotic encounter online, is as simple as logging onto a chat group to meet people.
Partners who meet this way can even go into private online rooms to continue their virtual conversations.
DCJS is responsible for maintaining New York's Sex Offender Registry, which provides New Yorkers information about sex offenders living in their communities.
There are three levels of sex offenders – Level 1 (low risk of re-offense), Level 2 (medium risk of re-offense) and Level 3 (high risk of re-offense); risk level is set by a judge after a court hearing.
Thanks to fictional usernames, these encounters can remain completely anonymous and completely online. There are many reasons why people turn to online affairs.
In addition to multiple photographs, this directory also includes multiple names (aliases), multiple home and/or work addresses in an offender’s profile, if applicable.
Additional information including conviction charge, sentence, supervision conditions if the offender is on parole or probation and vehicle information also is posted.
The Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) produced “Child Sexual Predators: The Familiar Stranger” to educate parents on the topic of sexual abuse.
The video includes interviews with four paroled child molesters who provide candid insight into how they preyed on their victims and important information detailing how parents can protect their children.