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Judge assigns risk levels to 2 sex offenders

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 February 2015 at 12:00 am

ALBION – Two men who were convicted of sex crimes involving children will soon be released from state prison and will be considered sex offenders.

Orleans County Court Judge James Punch on Monday assigned the risk levels to Rodney Newman and Mark Sands.

Newman was assigned a level 1 offender, which is considered a low risk for a repeat offense.

Newman, 39, is an inmate at the Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica. He has been serving a minimum sentence from a minimum of 2 years, 4 months to a maximum of 7 years in state prison. He is scheduled to be released on March 5.

Newman was found guilty by a jury in Orleans County on July 12 for promoting a sexual performance by a child, unlawful surveillance in the second degree (two counts), forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child (two counts).

Another Orleans County man is scheduled to be released on March 2 from Wyoming Correctional Facility. Mark Sands, 51, was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 7, 2008 on several charges, including use of a child in a sexual performance, promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, sexual abuse in the third degree, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

He was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in state prison. He will be registered as a level 2 sex offender, which means there is a moderate risk of a repeat offense, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.