The Third Department determined father’s status as an untreated sex offender, together with mother’s willingness to leave the children with father unsupervised, was sufficient to establish neglect:
Petitioner bore the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, “first that the children’s ‘physical, mental or emotional condition [was]; impaired or [was]; in imminent danger of becoming impaired’ and, second, that such harm was directly attributable to a failure on the part of [the]; respondent ‘to exercise a minimum degree of care . . . in providing the [children]; with proper supervision or guardianship'” … . While actual harm is not required, the imminent danger of harm “must be near or impending, not merely possible” … . “[A];dditionally, there must be a link or causal connection between the basis for the neglect petition and the circumstances that allegedly produce the child’s impairment or imminent danger of impairment” … .
…[W]e agree with Family Court that the evidence submitted regarding the facts underlying the father’s convictions for abusing young children in his care is sufficient to distinguish this case from Matter of Afton C. (James C.) (17 NY3d at 11…)..
In addition, petitioner also introduced evidence that the father did not complete the sex offender treatment he had been ordered to undergo after his first conviction, that he did not participate in any sex offender treatment while in prison for his second conviction and that the individual counseling he received from a minister while in prison and upon his release did not qualify as appropriate sex offender treatment. Matter of Lillian SS, 2014 NY Slip Op 04101, 3rd Dept 6-5-14