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Sex-offender jailed after allegedly failing to report move as required

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CANTON — For the second time in less than a year, Eric J. Walrath faces charges for allegedly failing to notify authorities of his movements as a registered sex offender in a timely fashion.

Walrath, 34, is last listed as living in Lisbon, according to the state’s sex offender registry. St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards said Wednesday that probation officials allege Walrath reported to them on April 25 that he was planning to move to Massena on Wednesday with a girlfriend who has two young children.

Walrath was placed on interim probation in October after admitting that he failed to notify officials of a move from one Massena address to another until after the move in July.

Walrath was convicted in 2000 of first-degree sexual abuse for having sexual contact with a child under the age of 11.

Judge Richards said Walrath was obligated to notify probation officials of a move at least 14 days in advance, in order that the court could consider whether to grant permission. He also was not permitted to have contact with children under the age of 17, other than his own biological children, without informing probation officials. Probation would then discuss Walrath’s history with the parents of those children and insure that proper supervision was in place.

As well, the judge said Walrath admitted to using, and tested positive for, marijuana.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan L. Becker said a deal under which Walrath might be offered a misdemeanor plea at the completion of interim probation was off the table.

Conflict Defender Amy L. Dona said Walrath has otherwise reported to probation as required, and was working on arranging a chemical dependency evaluation.

Judge Richards sent Walrath to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail, where he will be evaluated for chemical dependency. His case was adjourned until May 21.

“I’m not making any promises,” the judge told Ms. Dona with respect to how Walrath might be sentenced.

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