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Cops: Sex Offender Approached Boy in Front of High School

According to Riverhead Police, a convicted level-two sex offender was arrested for loitering in front of Riverhead High School last week, after reportedly offering an 11-year-old cash and asking him to be his friend.

According to Riverhead police, a sex offender approached an 11-year-old boy twice last week in front of and gave him money, asking him if he wanted to be his friend.

Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Nancy Carney said a school crossing guard spotted the man, "recognized the perpetrator and alerted uniformed officers."

The man was arrested on loitering charges and remains at Suffolk County Jail with bail set at $10,000.

The level-two sex offender, 76-year-old Donald Brown, was found guilty in 1998 of sodomizing a 14-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy and subsequently served a little over a year and a half in prison. His parole expired in 2005, according to the New York State Department of Corrections.

According to police, Brown lives at the Budget Host Inn in Riverside.

According to Riverhead police, Brown engaged the 11-year-old boy in conversation last week on Tuesday and Friday morning, both times around 8:15 a.m.

Carney said a letter will be sent home with students alerting their parents about the incident. She added that the district's internal security guards have all been informed about the incident, as have school administrators, and all paying extra attention as students come and go from school.

"The safety of our students is the top priority for every employee of the Riverhead Central School District and we will do what is necessary to protect our students," Carney said via email. "I urge parents to remind their children that if they are approached by a stranger, they should alert a trusted adult immediately."

Valerie Parkhurst March 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Just when I thought convicted sex offenders couldnt get any more stupid, than they are..this pops up..amazing how these freaks keep asking for the full wrath of the system and society to "rain down on them".. now will they raise his tier level? Why dont we just stick a needle in his arm and be done with it?? I am sure the RSOL's of the country will be on here shortly to defend his actions, and swear he is being framed and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time right???

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