Yoel Oberlander / Betzalel Dym
2 Monsey sex offenders accused of violating new residence law
By JANE LERNER
THE JOURNAL NEWS
August 11, 2007
MONSEY - Two convicted sex offenders have been charged under a new law that prevents them from living near schools and other places where children gather, Ramapo police said yesterday.
The arrests of the two Monsey men might be the first time the county law has been used, Detective Lt. Brad Weidel said.
Ramapo police regularly check the whereabouts of the 17 registered sex offenders who live in town, Weidel said.
After the county enacted a law in February that prohibited sex offenders from coming within 1,000 feet of places where children gather, including schools, parks, day care centers and libraries, the town conducted an audit to see if the registered sex offenders were in compliance.
The law allows police to force designated Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders to move. Level 1 offenders are considered to be a low risk for repeat offenses. Level 3 offenders are considered the highest risk.
After checking all registered offenders in town, investigators identified two who appeared to be violating the law. They investigated further.
Yoel Oberlander, 26, was charged with violating the law because he lived within 1,000 feet of a private elementary school and public park.
He was arrested Thursday and told to return Aug. 16 to Ramapo Town Court.
Betzalel Dym, 21, was arrested yesterday and charged with violating the law by living within 1,000 feet of a child care facility. He was told to return Aug. 27 to Town Court.
The charges are a class B misdemeanor. A conviction on a first offense brings a fine of up to $500 and up to three months in jail.
Oberlander pleaded guilty in 2002 to second-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.
He admitted in County Court to having sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl. The sexual abuse took place in Spring Valley and Ramapo.
Dym was convicted in August 2006 of first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, for having sex with a 10-year-old Monsey boy. Ramapo police arrested Dym for having sex with the child five times between January and May of that year.
Ramapo police said they had no reason to believe that either man was currently involved in illegal activity at their residences, Weidel said.
- The state registry: www.criminaljustice.state.ny. us/nsor
- The state Division of Criminal Justice Services maintains an information line about the sex offender registry at 800-262-3257.
- Clarkstown Police Department's sex offender registry: www.town.clarkstown.ny.us/html/sex_offender_registry.asp