A sex offender who was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl is now living within walking distance of a popular and historic Hudson Valley park.

Kingston police informed the public that 40-year-old Alfred DeGroat moved to an apartment on Clinton Avenue in Kingston.

DeGroat’s new home is just one-tenth of a mile from Academy Green Park, according to Google Maps. He’s also within walking distance of a church and post office as well as a number of local restaurants.

The Kingston Government website says Academy Green Park "has one of the greatest histories of all Kingston's parks."

At the park, on July 15, 1660, Governor Peter Stuyvesant finalized a peace treaty between early settlers and local Esopus Indians. Years later, Ulster County troops were reviewed before entering the Civil War.

DeGroat, a Level-2 sex offender, was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in 2001, according to the New York State Sex Offenders Database. He was sentenced to 30 months to five years in jail.

Level-2 sex offenders are considered to have moderate risk of a repeat offense.

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