ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman who pleaded guilty in 2010 to second-degree rape has been remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail after allegedly violating the terms of her sex offender registry status.
Amanda Rojas, 40, failed to notify her probation officer of a move and two changes of employment, according to the Ithaca Police Department, violating the restrictions imposed on level 2 sex offenders in New York State. Level 2 sex offenders are judged to have a moderate risk of re-offending and are therefore required to report new residential or workplace addresses to probation officers or police.
Rojas, who has lived in Ithaca and Dryden, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape in 2010. She admitted to having sex repeatedly with a 13-year-old boy who was in her daughter’s class. Her attorney asked at the time that she be sentenced to probation, arguing that incarceration would hurt her six children and citing her history growing up in foster care and struggling with addiction. Rojas was sentenced to six months in county jail and 10 years of probation.
In 2015, Rojas pleaded guilty to violating the terms of her probation after leaving her Dryden address without notifying local authorities and failing to register her new address. A warrant was issued for her arrest on Oct. 15, 2013, and she was arrested on Feb. 11, 2015, after she was found hiding in a fake box spring in a Brooklyn apartment. Rojas was sentenced in Tompkins County Court to a maximum of three years incarceration in state prison and 10 years of probation.
Because of the previous convictions, the three violations Rojas is currently charged with are categorized as Class D felonies. She was remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail on July 8, according to the Ithaca Police Department.