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Sex offenders move into North Collins

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 20:06:19-04

To the average passerby, it looks like a regular house. But neighbors in North Collins know the truth about 11424 Gowanda State Road.
 
"I am upset that behind me is a home or apartment complex for registered sex offenders, said Lisa Gloyd.

Gloyd and other residents say they were given no notice the sex offenders were being relocated from West Seneca to their neighborhood.

At least two sex offenders are now living at the North Collins residence.

48 year old William Maund is a level 2 sex offender. Maund's victims are both girls, ages four and five.

46 year old Christopher Eckert is a level 3 sex offender. Eckert's victims are three girls, ages four, six and 13.

North Collins Town Supervisor, John Tobia says he's outraged over the lack of procedures and notice the community was given about their new neighbors.

The group home is owned and operated by Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.

Community Services President and CEO Mindy Cervoni declined our request for an on camera interview but said the home is supervised by caretakers 24/7.

Cervoni says of the 1600 people the company serves, "only seven are registered sex offenders*."

She also said the people their group homes are "generally" there voluntarily, meaning they can choose to move out whenever they'd like. Cervoni says this does not mean that the residents of this particular group home can enter and exit the home as they choose on a daily basis. 

Community Services previously managed two homes in West Seneca where the seven men used to live.

It took residents and lawmakers there a year-and-a-half to get the men out of their neighborhood, though Cervoni said the homes were never meant to be a permanent residence.

Residents have started a petition, and there will be a community meeting in North Collins on Tuesday to discuss the matter.