73-year-old designated level 2 sex offender

2012-07-06T03:05:00Z 2012-07-06T07:36:40Z 73-year-old designated level 2 sex offenderSamantha House The Citizen Auburn Citizen
July 06, 2012 3:05 am  • 

AUBURN | Roy Lansdowne is a 73-year-old former North Carolina resident who walks with limp and carries a cane.

And following a risk assessment Thursday morning in Cayuga County Court, Lansdowne is now considered a level two sex offender deemed to pose a moderate risk of re-offending.

District Attorney Jon Budelmann said Lansdowne, recently convicted of molesting a 9-year-old boy, served 16 months in a North Carolina jail for taking indecent liberties with a child, a felony.

Although he kept quiet during his hearing, Lansdowne repeatedly shook his head, showing his disapproval with Budelmann's description of his deeds, including Lansdowne's admission that he had molested a young girl in the past.

Lansdowne was assessed 10 points for touching a victim under the victim's clothing and 30 points for harming a victim younger than 10. He was not deemed to be a sexual predator, a sexually violent offender or a predicate sex offender.

Budelmann argued that due to Lansdowne's pronouncement that he previously abused a young girl, the defendant deserved an elevated risk level.

Douglas Bates, Lansdowne's attorney, countered that his client's age and poor physical health made him unlikely to re-offend. Budelmann disagreed, contending Lansdowne was both elderly and ill when he molested the young boy.

On points alone, Judge Thomas Leone said Lansdowne would be considered a level one sex offender, the lowest level possible in New York. However, due to Lansdowne's admission that he had previously abused a young girl before abusing the 9-year-old boy, Leone deemed Lansdowne a level two offender, requiring the defendant to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

"Quite frankly, this case disgusts me," Leone told Lansdowne. "Quite frankly, you disgust me."

Also in court:

* Ivan Tong was sentenced to spend weekends in the Cayuga County Jail for four months and five years on probation for what Budelmann said was the defendant's fifth driving while intoxicated offense since 1989.

The 45-year-old Jordan man was charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and DWI, both felonies, after the vehicle he was driving rolled over into a ravine in 2010.

Prior to sentencing, Tong apologized for his actions and said he had been sober since January 2011.

* Less than two months after Joseph Morehouse was sentenced to spend up to four years in prison for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the 29-year-old Port Byron man returned to court to face new charges.

Morehouse, currently serving his sentence in the Elmira Correctional Facility, pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and four counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.

Staff writer Samantha House can be reached at 282-2282 or Follow her on Twitter at Citizen_House.

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