Ithaca, N.Y. – A Tompkins County man convicted of second-degree rape is back in jail after violating probation, according to court documents filed last week with the Tompkins County Court.

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Kelly B. Shaff, 30, of Freeville, pleaded guilty in 2011 after having sex with a girl younger than 15 and was sentenced to six months behind bars and 10 years of probation. He was later released.

Shaff is now back behind bars and accused of violating the terms of his probation. He appeared in court in front of Judge John C. Rowley Thursday afternoon for a pretrial conference that was closed to the public.

Court records say that Shaff violated his probation by failing to disclose that he has “had direct contact” with his girlfriend’s two children. Shaff has also admitted to lying to his girlfriend about his probation restrictions, according to records filed in late December.

“The level of disconnect that this officer observed in (Shaff’s) demeanor is especially concerning,” the court records state. “He cannot be considered safe in the community if he is nonchalant about the rules, and cannot perceive or discuss the impact of his actions on himself or others.”

Shaff has been sent to the jail without bail.

He is accused of violating the following conditions of his probation:

— Obtaining a sex offender evaluation and giving the results to the supervising probation officer.

— Participating in any treatment recommended by the supervising probation officer.

— Completing all recommended treatment programs and giving the probation officer verification of the completion within 30 days.

— Having no “contact or association with children under the age of seventeen unless the contact or association is supervised” with a probation officer’s plan.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.