CANTON After 20 years in state prison, Wilfred G. Boyea has been granted parole, but the convicted sex offender is not a free man yet.
The 72-year-old former Madrid-Waddington Central School District special education teacher who molested three students between 1989 and 1991 was scheduled to be released from prison on Aug. 5, but that release has been postponed until the court determines his threat level to reoffend.
During Boyeas Sex Offender Risk Assessment hearing Thursday in St. Lawrence County Court, clinical psychologist Damian S. Vallelonga, Syracuse, was called to the stand as an expert witness to attest that the former teacher is a low risk.
Mr. Vallelonga, who was called to the stand by Boyeas attorney, George H. Hildebrandt, evaluated Boyea in 2007 and 2013 while he was incarcerated on two counts of first-degree sodomy and seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
We gather data about the individual and the case to determine whether he has a likelihood of recidivism, Mr. Vallelonga said.
After six different tests, Mr. Vallelonga said all signs pointed to a Level 1, low risk sex offender registration.
As a part of evaluating a sex offender, both psychologically and when observing the likelihood of repeat offending, Mr. Vallelonga said there is a study of deviant sexual arousal and antisocial behavior, neither of which Boyea displayed during evaluations.
He molested children, but he isnt a pedophile. Mr. Vallelonga said The fact that he did something like this, while totally wrong, it is not his sexual preference.
Mr. Vallelonga said Boyea had an extended adult relationship prior to the offenses and in order to be considered a pedophile, he would not be able to maintain such a relationship.
Pedophilia, Mr. Vallelonga said, is being looked at now as a sexual orientation, as with heterosexuality and homosexuality.
The abuse of his students occurred after Boyea experienced erectile dysfunctions in his 40s, Mr. Vallelonga said, not because he was sexually attracted to children and their characteristics.
Mr. Vallelonga added that Boyeas age also is a factor.
There is a desistance in offending when people get older, Mr. Vallelonga said. The reality is a very small percentage reoffend.
Mr. Hildebrandt requested that St. Lawrence County Judge Kathleen M. Rogers consider the testimony of Mr. Vallelonga and assess Boyea a Level 1 offender.
St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Joshua A. HaberkornHalm told the judge that while Mr. Vallelonga is considered an expert witness, the judge must consider the facts in the case and assign Boyea a Level 3, high risk assessment.
I would consider the court to question the opinion of Mr. Vallelonga, because they are based on tests that are not in evidence, Mr. HaberkornHalm said.
Judge Rogers told the attorneys that she would issue a written decision early next week.