Sex offender arrest in Green Island related to Facebook use

August 08, 2017 07:04 PM

GREEN ISLAND -- Not much gets past Larry Cusack, who was born and raised in Green Island, and he doesn't want a Level Three sex offender anywhere around here.

"It's a close knit neighborhood.  We've had elderly people and he went after that woman up at Peebles Island.  We just can't have that stuff around here," he said.

William Goodman is accused of menacing a young mother who was hiking on Peebles Island last month.  

His arrest came a little more than a month after his release from prison, where he served a lengthy sentence for rape.

He wasn't out long, but in that short period of freedom, authorities say Goodman created three Facebook accounts, under names including Michael Himmler and William Himmler.  

But police say he never told them about the accounts within ten days, as required.

"We have officers assigned to our sex offender management program.  There's different concerns for each sex offender and part of that may be monitoring their social media activity," said Green Island Police Sergeant Steven Barker.  

So they were waiting.  When Goodman got out of the Saratoga County Jail on the menacing charge, Green Island picked him up right away.

"That's great," said Cusack.  "Hope he enjoys his stay out there in the 'old hotel!'"

Authorities say Goodman's failure to register internet accounts is a felony.  Police say he had opportunities to tell them about his Facebook activity, but didn't.

Residents say they're happy police took action.

"If you bring a kid in this world, you want them to see that it's okay to be out here.  It's safe.  Those sex offenders are not right," said Talesha Banks.  

Button Gray said it's important to protect young people.  "They're on Facebook, they're on Twitter, and they're on Instagram.  And those things should be blocked to sex offenders," said Gray.

Police say they got a lot of information from the public about this case.

"Our appreciation of the public for stepping in.  That's what we look for in Green Island.  We're a close-knit community and we really rely on our community to be the eyes and ears, and in this case, they were outstanding," said Sergeant Barker.

Goodman is now in the Albany County Jail on $20,000 bail.

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