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On April 4th, 2023 Sheriff’s Investigator Connor Sanford arrested and charged Murray G. Bell Jr., age 43 from Conesus NY,
with felony Failure to Register and Verify as a New York State Registered Sex Offender. It is alleged by the investigation that Bell, who is a level (1) New York State Registered Sex Offender, failed to provide an updated photograph as required by law.
The NYS Corrections Law section 168-F 2 (b-3) states: If the sex offender has been given a level one or level two designation, he or she shall personally appear at the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction within twenty days of the third anniversary of the sex offender’s initial registration and every three years thereafter during the period of registration for the purpose of providing a current photograph of such offender. The law enforcement agency having jurisdiction shall photograph the sex offender and shall promptly forward a copy of such photograph to the division.
Bell was transported and turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for arrest processing. The District Attorney’s Office was contacted in regards to bail due to the felony level charge. It was recommended that Bell be held without the possibility of bail, due to the fact that he had a total of three previous felony convictions.
Bell was later arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail before Town of West Sparta Justice Mahaney. The Judge did remand Bell to the custody of the Sheriff without the possibility of bail.
The Livingston County Public Defender’s Office was present and represented Bell at the court arraignment for his defense. The Livingston County District Attorney’s Office was notified but did not appear to represent the people.