March 6, 2009

Police Warn Of Sex Offender's Release; Thomas Degraff Did Not Comply With Treatment


March 6, 2009

RUTLAND, Vt. - Vermont State Police are warning the public that a high risk sex offender is being released from jail soon and that he will not be supervised.

Thomas Degraff, 45, of Whitehall, N.Y., is being released from jail March 9 after serving a maximum sentence for multiple counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, according to Vermont State Police. He will be living in the Whitehall area, but also has ties to Proctor, Vt., and may frequent that area as well, police said.

Degraff has been designated a high risk sex offender by the Vermont Department of Corrections and police said they are informing the public of his release for "general public safety concerns." Degraff will not be under any type of supervision since he has completed his maximum sentence, police said. He has not complied with sex offender treatment requirements, police said.

Degraff is described as a white man, 5 feet 11 inches tall and 220 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes. More information is available on Degraff by logging on to the Vermont and New York sex offender registries.

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