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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Everything that pedophile Theodore Sypnier has to show for his 100 years on Earth is packed in a single duffel bag as he prepares to begin a new chapter in life: freedom.

It's a chapter that prosecutors, judges and others who know him never wanted -- or expected -- to see written.

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 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.

"I'll tell them I never harmed any children," the father, grandfather and great-grandfather told The Buffalo News.

A former daughter-in-law said he won't get the chance.

"No one from the family plans to have any contact with him," Diane Sypnier said.

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.

A relative once came forward and said Sypnier had molested her while she was growing up, former Erie County prosecutor Frank Clark told the News. Authorities wonder what else might lie in Sypnier's past.

"People don't start to become pedophiles at 78," Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said. "I call them vampires. ... This is something that's deep inside of them, and they won't want to stop doing this until they're dead."

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-AP
-The Columbus Dispatch

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ynot7769

Dec 11 @ 4:07PM  
hes 100???

he walks on his own??
StraddleMyNose

Dec 11 @ 4:10PM  
he walks on his own??
Yep, I think he does.

The question is, do you think people are going to leave him alone and not harass him because of his age?
3zcumpany

Dec 11 @ 4:26PM  
He deserves to be harassed! I hope they plaster his face (and a current pic.) All over the place. In my opinion ALL convicted rapists should have an R tattooed in the middle of their forehead! Their victims are effected for life why shouldn't the predator also be effected everytime they look in a mirror!
PinkToeNails

Dec 11 @ 4:33PM  
He deserves to be harassed! I hope they plaster his face (and a current pic.) All over the place. In my opinion ALL convicted rapists should have an R tattooed in the middle of their forehead! Their victims are effected for life why shouldn't the predator also be effected everytime they look in a mirror!


agreed
lunanegra

Dec 11 @ 4:57PM  
Left alone? The topic here is would he even be allowed to live? I say no mercy.

And does he by any chance sound and look like the old pedophile from Family Guy by any chance?
PinkToeNails

Dec 11 @ 5:02PM  
He should have died in prison
StraddleMyNose

Dec 11 @ 5:06PM  
And does he by any chance sound and look like the old pedophile from Family Guy by any chance?
I have no idea since I don't watch "The Family Guy".

shewolf53

Dec 11 @ 5:36PM  
Most people would not be a threat at 100 but sounds like they should have kept this guy behind bars.
somnium

Dec 11 @ 6:10PM  
he wants to get to know the youngest members of a family that has disowned him.

"Said the spider to the fly!"

He should be hounded to his last breath!

NightOfOld

Dec 11 @ 6:21PM  


I heard he went right out and molested an 86 year old child.
sugarnspice005

Dec 11 @ 7:15PM  
he wants to get to know the youngest members of a family that has disowned him.

Hell no!!! He all but just announced he will do it again. Come on, "the youngest members of his family"! They should have turned his rotten ass around and locked him back up.

Mercy? For a pedophile? NO!
flavorbuster

Dec 11 @ 7:46PM  
I'm surprised he was able to get out of prison because his crime & a few others are the ones they snuff out right away. He must have been kept in solitary confinement. Of course they all have committed crimes but shit like he did inmates in every prison in the U.S. have a snuff out policy for those type of individuals. Why they charged the guy who killed Jeffrey Dahmer with murder is beyond me. He should have got a standing ovation.

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100-year-old child molester set free from prison