Fitzpatrick not only registered sex offender too close to children

SANDUSKY Gerald Younce and Dupri Mills. These two names may not ring a bell like form
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Gerald Younce and Dupri Mills.

These two names may not ring a bell like former Sandusky police officer James Fitzpatrick does. But all three men are sex offenders guilty of the same act -- failing to abide by Ohio law and register a new address on time with the Erie County Sheriff's office.

Younce, 79, was convicted of gross sexual imposition in April 2001 and is now classified as a habitual sex offender.

He was sentenced to 15 months in prison following an investigation by Sandusky police involving a July 2000 sex complaint. Younce had sexual contact with a then 12-year-old girl, according to court documents.

He now lives in the 1200 block of Third St., near Ontario Elementary School. But Ohio law states all sex offenders must reside more than 1,000 feet from a school premises.

Younce had a civil lawsuit filed against him June 5 by the Erie County Prosecutor's Office when he did not move to a new residence on time.

Younce declined to comment on the matter Monday.

Mills, 36, also had a lawsuit filed against him June 5 for not moving. He resides in the 1200 block of W. Monroe St., within 1,000 feet of Madison Elementary School.

Mills was convicted of sexual battery and abduction and is also a classified habitual sex offender. In June 1992, Mills used force or threats to make a 19-year-old woman have sexual contact with him, according to court records.

According to the police report, the victim said she asked Mills, a co-worker, for a ride home. He obliged and then pulled the car off the road and raped her, holding her by force.

The Register visited Mills' residence Monday and spoke to two men there. Neither man would give his identity and advised that Mills would not comment on the matter unless he were accompanied by legal counsel.

Mills was released from prison in March 2003 after serving nine years, according to Capt. Steven Westcott at the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

All three sex offenders have 28 days after the civil lawsuits are filed to respond before further action is taken, according to Mary Ann Barylski, Erie County assistant prosecutor.

As habitual sex offenders, Younce and Mills are required by law to register any change of residence with their local sheriff's office for 20 years, Westcott said.


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