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April 26, 2013 - 2:55pm

Former Batavia resident accused of sex offense against a child more than a decade ago

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, crime.
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A registered Level 3 sex offender and former Batavia resident has been charged with a course of sexual conduct with children.

The charges follow an investigation involving Batavia PD, the Sheriff's Office, Niagara County Sheriff's Office, Middleport PD and the FBI, and additional charges may be coming in other jurisdictions.

Sean M. Vickers, 44, of 117 Andes St., Geneva, was arraigned in City Court on counts of a course of sexual conduct against a child, 1st, and sodomy, 1st, both Class B felonies. A warrant was issued in Niagara County on two counts of a course sexual conduct against a child, 1st.

He was jailed in Genesee County jail on $500,000 bail.

The acts in Batavia are alleged to have occurred between 1999 and 2002 at a location on Maple Street. 

Chief Shawn Heubusch said Batavia PD received a complaint about Vickers in 2004 and detectives conducted an investigation, but there was insufficient evidence to sustain a charge.

Vickers is registered as a Level 3 sex offender based on a non-NYS conviction.

The investigation leading up to yesterday's arrest of Vickers started after the Niagara County Sheriff's Office contacted Batavia PD with information related to alleged offenses that may have occurred in Batavia, Heubusch said.

The investigation into Vickers is ongoing and anybody with information that might assist investigators are asked to call (585) 343-5000.

jason reese
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Statute of limitations?

Howard B. Owens
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There is no statute of limitations on these charges.

Gary Spencer
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Last seen: 3 years 9 months ago
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I sure wish judges would give stiffer sentances for 1st time offenders!
The whole system needs to be revampted, longer tougher sentances and life time parole for those that are released. This sh** pisses me off, as a victem I sickens me to see guys like this repeating this behavior (allegedly)

Erin Connolly
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There actually is a statue of limitations. One of the investigators in this case informed me of it. The victims would have up to 5 years from their 18th birthday to be able to press charges. Unfortunately the victims have been that young... By the way, do you think the street name where the crimes occurred was necessary?

Howard B. Owens
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It may be relevant if there are other victims, which is also why I ran an older picture of it (whether he looked like that when he lived here, I don't know) ... may trigger something.

Raymond Richardson
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Last seen: 6 years 10 months ago
Joined: Aug 18 2012 - 9:23am

In New York, there is no extended statute of limitations for sexual abuse; however, if the abuse is treated as an intentional tort, New York's SOL is one year. N.Y. Civil Prac. Law § 215.

If the victim brings a claim against a church or school which administered the perpetrator, or any action that is based in negligence, rather than criminal behavior, the SOL is 3 years—N.Y. Civil Prac. Law § 214.

New York adopted a special statute of limitations for victims of sexual crimes in 2006—N.Y. Civil Prac. Law §213-c. The statute provides that actions for civil damages for defined sexual crimes, including sexual abuse of a minor, may be brought within 5 years of the acts constituting the sexual offense.

Paul Witkowski
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Last seen: 9 years 2 months ago
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Judge Noonan......see his record with sex offenders.....quite liberal.....use FOIL

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