High-risk Hudson Valley sex offender hiding in New York

A sex offender who state officials believe may be at high risk of reoffending has reportedly been hiding in the area.

Over the weekend, Ulster County Police arrested a sex offender for failing to tell police about his move to the county.

Sex offenders from Ulster County, New York found hiding in Saugerties, New York

Criminal Justice Services Division

Criminal Justice Services Division

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, the Saugerties Police Department’s Detective Division arrested 54-year-old Dennis Richard Fellows of Saugerties, New York, on charges of violating the sex offender registry.

By law, sex offenders must notify New York State officials of any move within 10 days. He was charged with the same crime about five years ago.

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“A sex offender must notify the DCJS (in writing) of their new address no later than 10 days after the move,” the Department of Criminal Justice Services explains on its website. “If you have information that an offender does not live at the reported address, you should contact your local law enforcement agency.”

High-risk sex offender arrested in Saugerties, New York

Criminal Justice Services Division

Criminal Justice Services Division

Fellows is listed as a Level 3 sex offender by New York State.

Level 3 sex offenders have the highest risk of reoffending and are considered the greatest risk to the public.

In 2011, Fellows sexually abused a 9-year-old girl and attempted to sexually abuse a 13-year-old girl, according to the New York State Sex Offenders Database. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

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Fellows moved to 171 Churchland Road in the town of Saugerties and failed to notify the registry office of his change of address within the required 10-day period, police said.

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Fellows was treated without incident and released on a ticket to appear before the Saugerties City Magistrates’ Court later that month to answer his charges.

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