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Why was this serial sex offender released after Canandaigua grocery store incident?

In Canandaigua residents and prosecutors are expressing alarm after the release of a 54-year-old serial sex offender.

Paul Goodrell was arrested last week for exposing himself to a 7-year-old in a grocery store, an incident that sparked significant community concern.

Despite being charged with public lewdness and endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors say that a parole judge’s decision contributed to Goodrell’s release. They note that while public lewdness is a non-qualifying offense for retaining custody, the additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child, particularly given Goodrell’s status as a Level 3 sex offender, should have mandated a bail requirement.

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However, delays in paperwork and processing following his arrest allowed for his release.

Goodrell’s criminal history, which includes seven public lewdness cases between 1989 and 2017, underscores the recurring nature of his actions. Despite being arrested on a parole warrant after his release, a city court judge conducted a detention hearing and decided to release him once more.

FingerLakes1.com inquired about the name of the grocery store where the incident occurred. However, Canandaigua Police Chief Matthew Nielsen noted that it was being held for a purpose. “If we have additional victims come forward, we want to be able to corroborate their description of the incident and not be influenced by what we have already published,” he said. “That does happen from time to time, so we are trying to limit that possibility in this case.”