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Police: Sex Offender Relocated Without Registering; Faces Felony Charges

Convicted sex offender faces six felony counts after failing to notify authorities before moving to Mattituck and Hampton Bays — and for opening social media sites without registering.

The following information was supplied by the . A criminal charge is only an accusation, and does not indicate convictions.

James Reid, 32, of Hampton Bays is a convicted sex offender who is now facing six felony charges under Megan’s Law after failing to notify authorities when he moved to Mattituck and then to Hampton Bays, police said.

Reid appears on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Sex Offender Registry as a Level 1 Sex Offender, and his address appears on the Sex Offender Registry as Kyle Road in Hampton Bays, police said.

Under Megan's Law, which was first enacted in 1996, a registered sex offender is required to notify the Division of Criminal Justice Services of any change of address within 10 days of such a change. A sex offender’s email accounts, social networking accounts and Internet service providers must also be reported.

Early last December, police learned that Reid was living at an address located on Route 48 in Mattituck. After investigation, police learned that Reid had unregistered email accounts and had been accessing social networking sites on the Internet, including Facebook, police said.

On or about March 1, Reid relocated to Shinnecock Road in Hampton Bays, again without reporting the move to authorities, police said. A joint effort by the Southold Town Police Department, the Southampton Town Police Department and the Suffolk County District Attorney's Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau led to the arrest of Reid, who now faces six felony counts of failure to register, under section 168-T of the New York State correction law.

Reid had a previous conviction of failure to register in 2010, police said. He was arraigned on Tuesday in Suffolk County Criminal Court.

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