Parole hearing today for fugitive child molester
By JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST,
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
SCHENECTADY -- Alan Horowitz, the notorious child molester who jumped parole and led state and federal authorities on an international manhunt, will go before a judge this morning in a closed parole hearing, authorities said.
State parole officials will make the case that Horowitz should be sent back to prison for some or all of his remaining prison sentence after, they say, he glibly fled the country last summer, penning a goodbye note of sorts to his parole officer.
Horowitz, who was captured in India in May, will be represented by Public Defender Mark Caruso, and the hearing will be before Administrative Law Judge Patricia O'Malley at the county jail, said Mark Johnson, a spokesman for the state Division of Parole.
Horowitz, 60, has been at the downtown facility since his return to the region July 12.
At the time of Horowitz' return, George B. Alexander, state Board of Parole chairman, vowed to send Horowitz back to prison for the remainder of his sentence, which was then 5 years, 22 days plus the 11 months he was on the lam in South Asia.
Horowitz, who has claimed to be an ordained rabbi and who has worked as an adolescent psychiatrist, is not facing a new criminal charge, though federal authorities could charge him with failing to register as a sex offender.
He is accused of absconding from parole in June 2006, hopping a plane to Japan and telling state officials he'd be living in Israel, when, in fact, he ended up touring South Asia. He had no permission to leave the country at all, parole officials say.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney, who is not involved in the parole hearing, has called Horowitz an unrepentant, cunning predator who is a prime candidate for civil confinement.
Horowitz was charged in 1991 with more than three-dozen counts of abuse and related charges, later pleading guilty to sodomy and serving more than 13 years in prison before he was paroled in 2004 as a highest-level sex offender. His parole was scheduled to last until 2011.
Johnson said it could be several weeks before the judge renders her decision, which will be reviewed by a member of the state parole board.