WOODMERE - An appeals court has sided with Nassau County in its fight to prevent sex offenders from living near schools.

Convicted Level 1 sex offender Michael Diack was arrested in 2011 for living 500 feet from Lawrence-Woodmere Academy in Woodmere. His attorneys fought the charges and won, arguing that state law only prevented sex offenders still under supervision from living close to schools – superseding county law.

An appellate court overturned that ruling last week. A judge ruled that state law was not meant to restrict local governments from creating laws concerning residents no longer on probation.