Sex Offender on Parole for Murder Pleads Guilty to Approaching Teens at Motel

72-year-old sex offender on parole pleads guilty to approaching teenage girls, offering them drugs, and failing to update sex offender registry.

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Sex Offender on Parole for Murder Pleads Guilty to Approaching Teens at Motel

Sex Offender on Parole for Murder Pleads Guilty to Approaching Teens at Motel

John Dziedzic, a 72-year-old sex offender on paroleto on count of Failure to Register and Verify as a Sex Offender and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class “A” misdemeanors). The defendant pleaded guilty to the highest count in the indictment against him. Dziedzic also admitted to failing to update his address on the sex offender registry as required.

The incident occurred on October 9, 2023 when Dziedzic approached the two girls, ages 16 and 14, at the motel. "He offered them money, marijuana, and sweets in an attempt to get them to come back to his motel room," according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Dziedzic pleaded guilty to one count of failure to register and/or verify as a sex offender and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced on June 4, 2024.

Why this matters: This case highlights the ongoing challenges in monitoring convicted sex offenders and the potential risks they pose to public safety, especially to vulnerable minors. It also underscores the importance of sex offender registration laws in helping law enforcement track offenders and hold them accountable for violations.

Dziedzic has a disturbing criminal history. He was previously convicted of rape and kidnapping in 1976 and is on the sex offender registry as a result of that case. Dziedzic was also on parole for a second-degree murder conviction from 1980 at the time of this latest incident.

The case was investigated by the New York State Police, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, and the Buffalo Police Department. "This case was prosecuted by the Erie County District Attorney's Office," officials said. Dziedzic is currently being held without bail pending his sentencing in June.

Key Takeaways

  • 72-year-old sex offender pleaded guilty to approaching teens
  • Offered teens money, drugs, and sweets to lure them
  • Failed to update sex offender registry as required
  • Faces up to 4 years in prison for crimes
  • Case highlights challenges in monitoring sex offenders