Appellate court upholds sex offender status of state inmate

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\ALBANY – The Appellate Division, Third Department of State Supreme Court has affirmed the March 15, 2017 Ulster County Court order that classified Jerome Wilson as a level three sexually violent offender.
In 1997 while serving time in Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch on a 1984 murder conviction, he pled guilty to sexual abuse for subjecting a female correction employee to sexual contact by forcible compulsion. He was sentenced to five years in prison on that charge to run consecutively with the sentence he was then serving.
Wilson was then classified as a sexually violent offender and classified at a risk level three.
He appealed that ruling and argued that in the past six years, he had shown no signs of aggression, that his substance abuse and alcohol issues were in the distant past and that his failure to successfully complete a sex offender treatment program was because he was confined after a disciplinary hearing.
The Appellate Division rejected all arguments and upheld the Ulster County Court’s determination.