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Convicted Sex Offenders: Subject to Additional Charges for Failing to Register

If you were convicted of most sex crimes, you must register as a sex offender in your state. If you do not, you could face additional charges.

That's what convicted rapist Lawrence O'Connell found out when he was arrested in Suffolk County, New York, for failing to register after he moved. New York law requires sex offenders subject to registration to report any change of address within 10 days. O'Connell had listed a 2001 address as the Bellevue Men's Shelter in Manhattan. It turned out that he had never lived at the shelter and that he had probably been on Long Island since shortly after his release from prison.

O'Connell was convicted in 1984 of first degree rape and served an 18-year prison sentence in the correctional facility in Ossining. He was released in 2001, and that is when he allegedly provided a false address to authorities when he registered as a sex offender.

He was arranged on November 17 on charges of failing to register as a sex offender. His original conviction was for the 1983 rape of a six month old baby in Suffolk County.

Source: Long Island Hadlines Examiner, "Convicted rapist is arrested for failing to register as sex offender", by Pat Ryder, Nov,. 17, 2011.

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