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QUEENSBURY — While a student-organized petition against a registered sex offender has garnered nearly 1,000 signatures at SUNY Adirondack, college administrators say they are unable to do what students are asking.

After the college sent out an email on Sept. 8 alerting students that a Level 3 registered sex offender would be attending the college this fall, a student named Destiny Rose started a petition.

The online petition, which garnered 967 signatures Monday night, calls on the administration to transition sex offender Timothy Philmon, 50, of Glens Falls, from on-campus classes to virtual learning.

College president Kristine Duffy said Monday that she was aware of the petition but that it would be illegal for the college to transition the student to virtual learning.

“We respect the law. We appreciate people’s opinions, but at this point he’s ok to be here,” said Duffy.

In an email to a concerned resident, the college administration said: “According to the law, a sex offender has the protected right to pursue an education. The Prevention of Campus Sex Crimes Act 2000 guarantees sex offenders the right to attend classes, provided they notify certain authorities (which the student in question did).

Rose said she and others frequently see Philmon using the dorm gym.

“There are no cameras inside the dormitory. He could walk up to somebody’s door. I know people who carry pepper spray with them at all times now,” Rose said. “Everyone I’ve spoken to feels uncomfortable about it.”

Attempts by The Post-Star to reach Philmon were unsuccessful.

Rose is a sophomore from Saratoga Springs and lives in the dorm. She is studying education and eventually wants to become a teacher. She said she was very worried because there is a daycare center very close to the dorms.

Rose spoke to the Dean of Student Affairs, Kathryn O’Sick, who said it was a good idea to start a petition, but there is nothing the college can do as it is an application issue. of the law.

Philmon was convicted of second-degree buggery in 1997, involving three male victims, ages 12, 13 and 15, according to the New York State Sex Offender Registry.

A resident whose partner is an adult learner in college, and who did not want to be identified, said it was a huge deal as Philmon wrote on his Instagram page: “I am the High Priest of the International Church Against Homosexual Pedophilia.” Late Monday, it appeared that the page was no longer available. Some high school students are taking college-level courses on campus and are now using the “buddy system” when traveling on campus, according to Rose.

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