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Jun 16, 2010 12:50 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Town Police arrest homeless sex offender

Jun 16, 2010 12:50 PM

A homeless sex offender was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with failing to register with authorities after moving into a trailer near the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside, police said.

Lucas Rivera, 48, was arrested by Southampton Town Police at the trailer, which is owned and operated by Suffolk County, at 12:18 a.m. Wednesday on an outstanding warrant, according to authorities.

Police said they issued the warrant because Mr. Rivera failed to personally verify his address at the trailer, which is used to house the county’s homeless sex offenders. All convicted sex offenders are required to verify their addresses with authorities every 90 days, police said. A second trailer is located off Old Country Road in Westhampton.

Mr. Rivera was charged with failing to register as a sex offender, a felony, police said. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court.

Mr. Rivera was convicted in 2002 of third-degree attempted sodomy, a misdemeanor, according to New York State’s public registry of sex offenders. Information about the victim, and the location where the crime took place, were not listed.

Police said they did not know how long Mr. Rivera had been living at the Riverside trailer prior to his arrest.

WILL JAMES

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