Pedophile can’t be released yet
Convicted pedophile Louis VanWie, who told police he molested more than 100 children, will not get out of prison Thursday after the state rejected his plans to move in with a relative in the city.
VanWie had a tentative release date of Dec. 29 after serving two-thirds of his prison sentence. In 1997, then-Rensselaer County Court Judge Patrick McGrath sentenced VanWie to 11 years to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.
As long as the 74-year-old VanWie cannot find suitable housing, he will remain incarcerated for the foreseeable future, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. VanWie is being held in the Gowanda State Correctional Facility.
“As part of the discharge planning process, all inmates convicted of sex offenses must have approved housing prior to being released to Community Supervision,” Thomas Mailey, a DOCCS spokesman, said Wednesday in a statement. “Inmate VanWie has yet to identify a residence that is acceptable and therefore will remain in DOCCS custody until such time that appropriate housing is located and approved.”
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