Nearly two dozen homeless sex offenders have filed federal lawsuits challenging Southampton Town, Suffolk County and New York State laws that prohibit them from living near schools, playgrounds and daycare centers once they are released from prison, and require that they register with law enforcement agencies for life.
A federal judge has consolidated the suits, at least 10 of which were filed during the past two months and with each defendant seeking $25 million in damages, under one lawsuit and with 42-year-old Troy Wallace as the lead plaintiff. In 1992, Mr. Wallace, then 20, was convicted in Suffolk County Criminal Court of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.
He served six months in prison after a plea deal, and is currently on parole for an unrelated burglary conviction. His wife and 16-year-old daughter... more