Cayuga County judge evaluates sex offender as high risk to community
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Cayuga County judge evaluates sex offender as high risk to community

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AUBURN | For the rest of his life, a Sterling man who sexually abused two pre-teen boys in 2003 will have to register as a sex offender.

Judge Thomas Leone evaluated Jack Douglas as a level three sex offender Thursday morning in Cayuga County Court. Douglas was also classified as a sexually violent offender.

Douglas was sentenced to 15 years in prison by former Judge Peter Corning after he pleaded guilty in 2004 to two counts of first-degree sodomy. Since he was indicted on two separate acts, Douglas was originally facing 16 to 50 years in prison.

The 51-year-old is currently incarcerated at Marcy Correctional Facility. He is set to be released in March.  

Leone said there was some question as to whether or not Douglas would be classified as a level three sex offender because of how the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision evaluated the case. 

He said DOCCS did not recognize the category "two or more victims" because it was two separate indictments. Leone said he believed the district attorney's office provided "convincing evidence" that the two cases, while on separate indictments, indicated there were two victims.

The defendant waived his appearance for the assessment, and was not present in court. 

Also in court:

• For having oral sex with a 15-year-old girl, a Moravia man will spend the next six months in jail.

Micah Bevier, 29, pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to third-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child. He admitted to having oral sex with the victim Dec. 20, 2014.

In addition to six months in the Cayuga County Jail, Bevier will also spend 10 years on probation. He must also register as a sex offender. 

Prior to his sentencing, Leone said Bevier told a probation officer during his pre-sentence investigation that he maintained his innocence and was no longer interested in pleading guilty. Later on, after speaking with his attorney Jonis Strods, he recanted the false information he told to the probation officer and agreed to the original plea agreement.

Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Valdina said if the case were to have gone to trial, his office would have been looking for four years in prison as opposed to the six months in jail.

"This is a troubling case," Valdina said. "This is not a case where the victim should be blamed." 

Staff writer Jordyn Reiland can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or jordyn.reiland@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @JordynReiland.

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