The Fourth Department determined there was insufficient evidence the defendant and the 16-year-old victim and the 24-year-old were strangers. The risk assessment was therefore reduced by 20 points:
We agree with defendant that Supreme Court erred in assessing him 20 points under risk factor 7, which applies when, insofar as relevant here, the offender's conduct ” was directed at a stranger or a person with whom a relationship had been established or promoted for the primary purpose of victimization' “… . The 24-year-old defendant and the 16-year-old victim met while working at a local Red Cross; the two exchanged contact information and, months later, communicated through social media and by telephone before any sexual contact occurred. Under these circumstances, the People failed to establish by clear and convincing evidence that defendant and the victim were strangers at the time of the crime … . Moreover, the People “presented no evidence that defendant . . . targeted the victim for the primary purpose of victimizing her” … .
Without the 20 points assessed under risk factor 7, defendant is a presumptive level one sex offender … . People v Perez, 2018 NY Slip Op 06666, Fourth Dept 10-5-18
CRIMINAL LAW (SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT, INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE DEFENDANT AND VICTIM WERE STRANGERS, RISK ASSESSMENT REDUCED BY 20 POINTS MAKING DEFENDANT A PRESUMPTIVE LEVEL ONE SEX OFFENDER (FOURTH DEPT))/SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT (SORA) (INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE DEFENDANT AND VICTIM WERE STRANGERS, RISK ASSESSMENT REDUCED BY 20 POINTS MAKING DEFENDANT A PRESUMPTIVE LEVEL ONE SEX OFFENDER (FOURTH DEPT))