Court Assesses Threat From Convicted Sex Offender Before Release

By: Zachary Meseck

NORWICH – A man being released from prison for felony first-degree sexual abuse was in court on Monday as his attorney and the prosecution met to determine his risk to society and offender status.

Scott M. Brazee, 41, of Oxford, was convicted for first-degree sexual abuse 2016 after having sexual contact with a 12-year-old victim. The court hasn't ruled on what level sex offender he'll be considered, but his released date is scheduled for June 16.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, said Brazee was sentenced to 4 years in prison. "The state prison system can let people out whenever they want, just because he was sentenced for four years doesn't mean corrections will keep him that long."

According to New York State law anyone convicted of a sex crime must have a hearing to determine how much supervision they be required to have.

"It's called a SORA (sexual offender registration act) hearing," Ferrarese explained, "[At a SORA hearing] the court may assign one of the following three risk levels: level one is a lower risk of repeat offense, level two is a moderate risk, and level three is high risk."

At Brazee's sexual offender registration act hearing, Ferrarese argued Brazee should be registered as a level two sex offender because his crimes showed a continuing pattern of criminal behavior.

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