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West Islip Sexual Offender Residency Under Scrutiny

The location of a sex offender to the proximity of daycare at Westbrook school has raised concerns. File photo by Patch.
The location of a sex offender to the proximity of daycare at Westbrook school has raised concerns. File photo by Patch.

The housing location of a convicted Level 3 sexual offender has at least one parent asking police to relocate the offender and has prompted the West Islip School District to issue a letter to parents about the issue.

According to a state crime database, there are five registered sex offenders residing in West Islip.

The residency of Douglas Oates, on Higbie Lane, is being protested as being too close to a day care facility operating in the former Westbrook Elementary School.

A West Islip parent, after learning about the offender’s housing location, called the Third Precinct to file a complaint and ask that Oates be moved given state rules regarding proximity of offenders' residences to schools and areas where children play.

“I’m told he [Oates] is suppose to be moved but the police were not aware there was a day care right across the street. The police also said concerned residents should call the precinct as well to get the guy moved,” the parent told Patch in an email.

Yesterday West Islip School Superintendent Dr. Bernadette Burns released a letter to parents on the district’s website regarding a high-risk, Level 3 sex offender living on Higbie Lane and asked parents to talk to students about safety measures and safe behavior.

“While West Islip is a safe community, when information such as this is received, we must take the opportunity to review safety rules with our children and remind them to be alert and careful so they will avoid situations that could place them in harm’s way,” states the letter.

According to a state criminal justice database Oates was convicted for sexual abuse in the first degree in March 1999.

A request to police for further information about the residency issue was not returned by press time. 

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Westbrook is occupied by South Shore Learning Center which is a school!! It is also occupied by a childrens dance school, which is another form of a school!! This is not acceptable. Relocate this dirtbag immediately!! I urge anyone that cares about the children in our community to call the Third Precinct and ask to speak with the Megan's Law Squad who handles residency complaints for sex offenders. Please point out that this person is directly accross the street from the two schools that I mentioned and is in violation of the law.
Mr Met December 04, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Great job concerned parent. We should all follow your lead. Aren't there two other level 3 offenders up their by Westbrook as well. The school district really needs to speak out to the police and let them know this is unacceptable.
Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Thanks - this will only work if everyone gets involved! There are two other sex offenders in relatively close proximity to Westbrook, at least one of which is a level 3. This one is a very blatent disregard for the law, so I am highlighting it because I think we can do something about it. I am not a lawyer, but I believe that the state has a 1/4 mile of schools, parks, places were there are a lot of children threshold and that Suffolk County reduces that threshold under local law 1000 feet. I could be wrong, but I think this might be how it works. As for the other two, one seems to be right on the cusp and could be within a quarter mile of Westbrook. The other one is likely within a quarter mile of the Boces school on Udall Rd and seems to be renting an illegal apartment out of someone's house.
Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Additionally, is this individual on Higbie Lane occupying a legal rental, or this a slum lord that is renting illegal apartments out to whomever. Town of Islip records show that the house is owned by a different person than the offender and as a nearby neighbor, I have seen countless families/people coming and going over the years, so i have to believe that this is a absolutely a rental. I wonder if it's legal?? I normally wouldn't recommend this however, if this is an illegal rental the owner clearly does not care about the community >>>Call the Town of Islip as well and request an investigation into the legality of this rental!
Mr Met December 04, 2013 at 10:43 AM
I contacted Legislator Barregas office . They are looking into this and hopefully we can get this issue resolved. I urge all to do the same
Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Great idea!! Let's get it done!!
Franks and Beans December 04, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Who is responsible for keeping track of where these individuals live? It's seems to me that no one is. To allow this person to move into an apartment that is within 100 yards of a school that houses hundreds of children under 5 years old is the epitome of a broken system. How can this be allowed to happen? Heads should roll! And who's renting an apartment to this guy with out even the slightest Google search of his name. They need to go after this home owner also, for putting us all at risk!
Concerned December 04, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I totally agree with you all. I checked out where the others live and they are in close proximity of the school. Why is it that none of them live South of Montauk? We are all hard working blue collar residents in this area, and pay high taxes! How could my children who grew up in West Islip be comfortable with their children visiting us!
Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Way to go SCPD!! They're making him move within 45 days!
Mr Met December 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I think it was because if all of us concerned parents. Wonder about the other level 3 offender not far away. Great job to us community minded folks.
Franks and Beans December 04, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Is the home owner aware that they rented to a sex offender?
Franks and Beans December 04, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Oh good, 45 days to move. That's not enough time for him to get into trouble. Ridiculous! He should have needed approval prior to moving here in the first place!
Mr Met December 04, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Absolutely franks and beans I don't think the landlords care. If go on islip town website with a address it will tell you the owner. Let's not forget the other level 3 on Astor pl also close to the old Westbrook school.
Ultimate Conservative December 04, 2013 at 02:36 PM
As of last week the offender will be moving out. Confirmed by sex crimes detectives at SCPD headquarters
Mr Met December 04, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Great to hear. Thanks 4 sharing the info.
Wendy Regan December 04, 2013 at 03:48 PM
From the information provided it appears this level 3 sex offender only received 5 yrs probation for his crime against a child. A broken system indeed! As far as the list of registered sex offenders in our town: Please view their pictures and their current vehicle make and model. I hope the SCPD realized and looked into the fact that one of these individuals fits the physical description and drives the same model and color vehicle that was reported to have approached children in our town last year.
Concerned Resident December 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Wendy- If you have concluded that one of these guys fits the description, you should not take it for granted that SCPD is aware. Think about calling SCPD's tips hotline and ensuring that they look into that person! As for the vehicles listed on the website in general - either this Oates has about 15 current vehicles or the data on the site is not up to date. Very helpful.
Concerned parent 2 December 04, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I contacted the town and put in a complaint about the house being rented in the first place. This person has No permit and no business renting! Piece of garbage.... No background check either????? Take this garbage and also the other dirtbag on Kurzon with you! These supposed offenders have to be approx 1,320 feet away from the school. !
Ultimate Conservative December 05, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Here's a "search" form from New York State: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/SomsSUBDirectory/search_index.jsp
Ultimate Conservative December 05, 2013 at 07:03 AM
You can sign up for sex offender relocation alerts too: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/nyalert.htm
West Islip Resident December 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM
He works at Pepboys in Bayshore, isn't the school across the street less than a 1000 ft.

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