NORWICH – Three individuals cases were heard this past Monday Nov. 16, in Chenango County Court.
Chenango County Court Judge Frank B. Revoir Jr. presided over each of the cases.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael D. Ferrarese was present on behalf of the people.
• Devon L. Ireland, 20, of Norwich was in Chenango County Court for a violation of parole violation.
Ireland was represented by his attorney Public Defender John Cameron.
“I believe I handled the case originally at his arraignment. We offered two years in state prison and five years post release, that is still the peoples position on this matter. There are some disturbing aspects to this case, this defendant is grooming children and was found in Canasawacta Creek with young children,” said Ferrarese.
The suggestion and request made by the Public Defenders Office was for Ireland to be put into a home for assisted living in the City of Norwich, rather than simply face incarceration.
“He is a convicted sex offender, this home is for people with mental health issues,” said Ferrarese.
“It is for the best interest of the community and my client to spend time in jail then be on probation. This Chenango Housing has an opening for him on Wednesday morning. The language used does not suggest grooming, but that he was simply found talking to these children. I ask that we go ahead with the plea and we set this down for conferencing so we can move forward,” responded Cameron.
“He is a criminal your honor, a convicted sex offender. I am objecting to putting him in this Chenango House. While there he could be unsupervised around people that may be underage,” said Ferrarese.
Ireland's probation officer was present in court and commented on the situation saying, “After his mother was incarcerated, his younger brother went to live with his grandmother, therefore Ireland could no longer live there because his brother was underage. So he was forced to move out.”