Discussion to address sex-offender concerns

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

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Discussion to address sex-offender concerns
Representatives from nearly a dozen law-enforcement and victims advocacy groups will meet Thursday evening at a public forum on the prosecution and treatment of sex offenders.

The meeting, hosted by Dutchess County Legislator Robert G. Rolison, will start at 7 p.m. at Spackenkill High School on Spackenkill Road.

The session will include a panel discussion by parole and probation officers, sex offender counselors, victim advocates, police, prosecutors and members of the Dutchess County Public Defender's Office and the County Attorney's office.

Those attending are encouraged to ask questions following the panel discussion, Rolison said.

One member of the panel will be Curtis St. John, a former City of Poughkeepsie resident who testified in court two years ago about being molested in 1979 by former Poughkeepsie school teacher Albert Fentress.

Fentress confessed to the 1979 killing of a Town of Poughkeepsie teenager. He said he ate some of the teen's body parts. Fentress was judged to be insane at the time of the crime. He has been housed in psychiatric facilities ever since.

Call 845-486-2100.