Damon L. Kayes – Repeat Sex Offender

A convicted high-risk sex offender was arrested Sunday for assault and resisting arrest after police were called to his home to investigate a complaint of sexual abuse of a 3-year-old girl.

Damon L. Kayes, 40, was arrested at about 10:20 p.m. at his home on Kail Street on the city’s West Side.

Kayes allegedly left his home before police arrived, but then fought with officers when he returned, according to a police report.

He was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.

Kayes pleaded guilty in 1995 to the rape of a girl under the age of 17 in Allegany. He was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in prison, according to the state Department of Correctional Services’ Web site.

He is listed in the state’s sex offender registry as a Level 3 offender, which denotes convicts who have the highest risk of committing another sex crime.

Prior to that, he also was convicted in 1988 of first-degree burglary and sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison. He was paroled in 1994.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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