Vincent Festa, former school psychologist, charged with sex offender registration violation

A retired school psychologist who is a registered sex offender was arrested on Thursday for failing to register Internet service providers and e-mail addresses, Suffolk County police said.

Vincent Festa, a Level 3 sex offender, was using e-mail addresses and Internet service providers that he failed to register as required by the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act, police said.

Computer Crimes Unit and Special Victims Section detectives executed a search warrant at Festa’s home where computers, hard drives and assorted storage media were seized on April 13.

Festa, 80, of Ronkonkoma, was charged with sex offender registration violation, a felony.

Festa, who was the psychologist at Herricks High School was  sentenced in July 1995 to 5 years’ probation after pleading guilty to sodomizing teenage boys.

Festa was indicted on 11 counts, including third-degree sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, after six teenage boys from the Ronkonkoma area came forward in 1993.  He was accused of enticing the boys to his home to do lawn work and then abusing them. None of the victims were Herricks students.

Festa originally pleaded innocent but later agreed to plead guilty to three counts of third-degree sodomy.

Source: Patrick Kelton “Sex Offender Charged With Failing to Register E-mail,” Long Island Press, April 22, 2010 and Deepti Hajela, “Ex-School Psychologist Sentenced in Sex Abuse,” Newsday, July 11, 1995.

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