Karl Ahlers is a sex offender. There is no argument about it. He was convicted in New Jersey and he was convicted in New York. In fact, in New York he was convicted of thirty two counts of sexually based crimes against children. He is a sexually violent offender. Karl Ahlers was incarcerated in New York for: two counts of sodomy in the first degree, one count of sodomy in the second degree, one count of sodomy in the third degree, two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Mr. Ahlers is due to be released from prison and it is the job of the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders to prepare a risk assessment pending Mr. Ahlers’ release. The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders must evaluate the risk that Mr. Ahlers is likely to commit a similar type offense again. While studies show that sex offenders as a whole are more likely to have difficulty reentering society; pedophiles, or sex offenders who prefer to victimize children, are the most likely to reoffend. All of these aspects must be evaluated by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders. The Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders will also tally points for each type of risk or offense that Mr. Ahlers has committed and been convicted of in order to place a rating on the risk that his release poses on the public. The risk assessments prepared by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, follow strict guidelines for classification. They are defined in the Sex Offender Registration Act of New York.
Based on the point score given to Mr. Ahlers by the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, Mr. Ahlers was scored at 120 points which places him as a level three sex offender. In September 2002, a hearing was held in County Court to formally classify Mr. Ahlers as a level three sex offender and a sexually violent offender.
A sexually violent offender is one who has used violence or the direct threat of violence in the commission of a sexual assault or battery. The offences that Mr. Ahler was charged and convicted of certainly qualified him as a sexually violent offender.
Mr. Ahlers appealed the verdict of the court. Mr. Ahlers appeal was sent to The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York on September 23, 2004. The Honorable Judge Lahtinen documented the case. Honorable Justices Crew III, J.P., Peters, Mugglin and Rose, JJ., stood in judgment with Judge Lahtinen.
The decision of the justices was that after reviewing all of the court documents, case summaries and hearing transcripts, it was only appropriate to ignore the sex crimes that Mr. Ahlers was convicted of in New Jersey and focus only on the crimes that he was currently serving prison time for. That being said, the current crimes, relying only on the evidence presented and his failure to take responsibility for his actions, force the justices to score him at 120 points in accordance with the Sex Offender Registration Act of New York. The score of 120 automatically puts Mr. Ahlers into the risk level three category. This score is only on his current charges taking none of his other offenses into account. The order of the appellate court is that Mr. Ahlers will remain a level three sex offender and will register with the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
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