A Fleming man convicted of multiple child sex crimes dating back to 1985 was arrested on a parole violation last week, according to records from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Roger Kulakowski, 65, was arrested April 10 for violating one of the conditions of his parole, according to a DOCCS spokesperson. Details of the violation were not available, but it was not a new crime, the spokesperson said.
In 1985, a Cayuga County jury convicted Kulakowski of sodomizing a 5-year-old girl his former wife babysat for, and was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison, according to previous reports from The Citizen.
Kulakowski was released from prison after serving approximately eight years and was rated a level-two sex offender with a moderate risk of re-offending.
In 2000, Kulakowski began a high-profile custody case for his daughter and her half-sister against their maternal grandparents.
After two years, the grandparents relented and gave up their challenge, saying at the time they felt "backed into a corner" and unlikely to win a trial because of a previous agreement with Kulakowski.
Cayuga County Family Court Judge Peter Corning, who presided over the case, had also granted Kulakowski custody of the children in 1999 after a neglect petition was filed against their mother.
Defending that original decision, Corning expressed doubts on Kulakowski's conviction, stating he was was convicted on the testimony of a 4-year-old and a disgruntled wife and had never admitted any crime, even before a parole board.
"I was and I am convinced that Mr. Kulakowski is not a predator, and not a danger to these children," Corning said at the time, pointing to a psycho-sexual evaluation indicating Kulakowski was not a predator.
However, in 2014, Kulakowski pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act for sexually abusing two girls over the course of several years, prompting Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann to describe Kulakowski as a "monster."
Originally facing a life sentence, Kulakowski was given five years in prison as part of a plea agreement, a sentence both Budelmann and Judge Thomas Leone felt was too light, but agreed to as it both spared the victims from testifying and kept him behind bars for at least some time.
In late 2017, Kulakowski was released on parole and rated as a level three sex offender with a high risk to re-offend.
Kulakowski will now appear before an administrative law judge who, depending on the severity of the violation, will either release Kulakowski to parole officers or order him sent back to prison.