In 2006, Jerome Arps raped a woman on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, but thanks to a little-noticed 2014 ruling by the state Court of Appeals, he will be back on the streets again soon.
Prior to the ruling, inmates could be jailed after their release date if they were considered a danger to the public. Currently, those who have mental health issues considered mot serious than a personality disorder can still be held, however Arps, 58, does not qualify under that standard, NY Post reported.
State psychiatrist Dr. Frances Charder diagnosed Arps with psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder. In court papers, Charder claimed that “Mr. Arp’s psychiatric condition makes him strongly predisposed to commit future sex offenses.”
She added: “Mr. Arp’s ASPD along with his very high level of psychopathy have combined to produce a predisposition to gratify sexual urges in an illegal and deviant manner, without regard for the rights of others.”
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Despite Charder’s assessment, she cannot prove Arps lacks the self control to not sexually assault others. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Daniel Conviser believes that the state’s new standards might be impossible to meet.
“Indeed, at the age of 50, when the vast majority of sexual offenders have already aged out of their offending behaviors, he committed rape,” Conviser said.
Arps’ record of sexual violence harkens back to when he was a minor, when he helped gang-rape a 14-year-old. According to the New York State Department of Criminal Justice, he was also convicted of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman in 1997.