“Wrongly Accused” 100 Year Old Pedophile Leaves Prison
For those of you who believe in the power of rehabilitation, or that age conquers the irresistible impulse to exploit and abuse children, or for the liberal horde who expressed indignant outrage at the prospect of the death penalty for child sex abusers, this one’s for you:
According to the Huffington Post, Theodore Sypnier, a 100-year-old child molester who will soon be released from prison, has an “unrepentant heart” and continues to deny that he ever harmed any children.
New York’s oldest registered sex offender is scheduled to move by week’s end out of a Buffalo halfway house for released inmates and into a place of his own, after completing his latest term in state prison for molesting little girls.
The judge who sentenced him said at the time that she expected him to die behind bars.
But 10 years after his last arrest, as Sypnier prepared to shed the closely monitored lifestyle of the halfway house, its director warned that the spry and active Sypnier has not changed from the manipulator who used his grandfatherly charm to snare and rape victims as young as 4.
“Whether he’s 100 or 101 or 105, the same person that was committing these crimes 10, 25, 30 years ago still exists today and has an unrepentant heart,” said the Rev. Terry King, director of Grace House, which has twice taken Sypnier in from prison. “He is someone that we as parents, as members of the community, any community, really need to fear.”
Six months after marking his 100th birthday in the Groveland Correctional Facility – becoming the first New York inmate to reach the milestone while incarcerated – the retired telephone company worker now says he wants to get to know the youngest members of a family that has disowned him.
Being grandfatherly was how the 5-foot-5, 150-pound Sypnier found his victims, authorities say. After his most recent arrest at age 90 on charges of raping and sodomizing a 4-year-old girl and her 7-year-old sister, his neighbors in the suburb of Tonawanda recalled what appeared to be a kindly Sypnier offering rides to adults, handing out money to children so they could buy candy, and baby-sitting.
The victimized sisters called him “Grandpa,” their mother said at the time, adding that it “was a total shock” when police showed her sexually explicit pictures of her girls found in Sypnier’s apartment.
Sypnier’s convictions date to 1987, when he was given three years’ probation for sex abuse. He spent a year in prison for sexually abusing a minor in 1994. His neighbors in Tonawanda never knew of Sypnier’s background because he was convicted before the adoption of laws requiring sex offenders to register with police.
But Sypnier says he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice, despite twice pleading guilty in the case involving the sisters.
“Those children crawled into bed with me because they were frightened, but there was never any sexual hanky-panky,” Sypnier told the Buffalo News.
Sypnier initially pleaded guilty in 2000 to two counts of rape, 15 counts of sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child for molesting the Tonawanda girls, as well as three in Buffalo. An appeals court threw out the conviction in 2002 after Sypnier claimed he was confused at the time, leading to another plea the following year to a lesser charge.
In sentencing Sypnier to as many as 10 years in prison, state Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang told him she expected he would spend the rest of his life behind bars.
“The sheer notion of him wandering the streets unattended or unsupervised is a scary proposition,” King said.