Suffolk DA to challenge judge's ruling in sex offender assessment

Suffolk District Attorney Tom Spota will challenge a judge's ruling regarding the sex offender level assigned to a convicted child molester.

Wendy Hatras was a babysitter when she was convicted of molesting the 2-year-old son of Stacey Berzak four years ago. Hatras was paroled on Thursday and assigned level 2 sex offender status by Judge Ralph Gazzilo. This means she will only have to report her zip code, and not her address, to police and can live in a community somewhat anonymously.

Spota plans to appeal the assessment and push for a new law targeting anyone who is in a position of trust that sexually abuses children. He says a crime of that nature should automatically warrant level 3 status, the highest that can be assigned.

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