Sex offender faces new felonies


BATAVIA — A registered sex offender with three state prison terms was arrested and charged with numerous felonies after a report that a man was refusing to leave a Washington Avenue house, city police said.

Police were called to the house on Washington May 3.

James J. Santiago Jr., 41, was refusing to leave the porch and assaulted a person at the house, police said. He was charged with third-degree assault, trespassing and felony criminal possession of a weapon.

He was arraigned in City Court and committed to Genesee County Jail without bail.

The next day police filed more charges against Santiago after it was found he had a warrant for his arrest. He was charged with failure to sign a verification form/confirm address as a registered sex offender and with failure to notify of a change of address as a sex offender, both felonies.

Santiago is a Level 2 offender on New York State Sex Offender Registry.

He was convicted of third-degree rape in 2000 for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

He served a one-to-three year term for that conviction.

He also served time for a robbery conviction in 1997 and for a 2010 assault conviction, all in Genesee.

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