Friday, January 30, 2009

HIV fears in Brentwood
























FROM NEWSDAY.COM BREAKING NEWS ALERT


Brentwood school officials say many of the teens have acknowledged contact with a convicted sex offender, 36, who has the virus that causes AIDS.

Up to 20 teens have had contact with sex offender who has virus that causes AIDS, school officials say

BY JOHN HILDEBRAND AND STACEY ALTHERR

mailto:john.hildebrand@newsday.com?subject=Newsday.com stacey.altherr@newsday.com

4:23 PM EST, January 30, 2009

Convicted sex offender Robert Musmacker exposed a teenager to the AIDS virus, and others are at risk, officials said. (Handout / January 28, 2009)

Brentwood school authorities have been notified that as many as 20 teenage students in the district have had contact -- some of them sexual -- with a 36-year-old convicted sex offender who has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

School officials said Friday that many of the teens had come forward themselves to acknowledge contact with Robert Musmacker of Oceanside, after his latest arrest.

Musmacker, whose 6-year prison term for first-degree sodomy ended in 1998, was arrested again on Jan. 8 in West Babylon, after a state trooper stopped him for speeding and noticed that his belt buckle was undone and that he had a 16-year-old passenger in his car.

As news spread of Musmacker's contact with students, many Brentwood residents voiced dismay that a registered high-level sex offender could have operated freely in their community.

"It offends me," said Grace Rivera, a local grandparent and one of 16,000 residents who received a recent letter from the district, notifying them of the arrest. "They should be where the police can keep an eye on them."

In the Jan. 23 letter, Superintendent Donna Jones said that Musmacker had been known to prey on victims as young as 12 years old. She also noted concerns that some youths may have been exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.

Suffolk County Health Department officials say it usually takes two to eight weeks after sexual contact for medical testing to detect infection, but that this can take up to six months in some cases.

Shaheda Iftikhar, the department's director of infectious diseases, said Friday that her agency was prohibited by law from revealing whether any infections had been reported.

HIV fears in Brentwood -- Newsday.com


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

this guy is a waste of sperm and eggs

Curtis W. Jackson said...

Hello,

Your blog post is important for peoples to examine, to give thought to and share with others. We live within a broken down system allowing bad people to flourish. Yet the system is allowing for some order, a measure of justice and the prospect of fulfilling our positive hopes for the future.
There are wricked people and among them are good individuals existing. Please don't give up, keep doing what is benefitual for yourself and others. I live on Long Island, am in/out of Brentwood weekly.
I will provide an link of your post on my blog for 03/19/2011 on Curtis On The News entitled, 'For Better Surveilliance'. I have not finished writing it yet. My best wishes for your future, may all the good news get to you possible.

Sincerely,

Jackson, Curtz W.