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A convicted sex offender in Jackson Heights who violated his parole by reaching out to one of his victims will now be heading behind bars.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that Vernon Corbett, 42, has pleaded guilty to contempt of court after he used social media to contact the woman he admitted to raping when she was just 15 years old back in 2012.

Corbett also pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a sexual performance of a child after law enforcement found images on his cellphone containing children being sexually abused. Additional charges include second-degree criminal contempt, violation of probation, and first-degree falsifying business records.

The charges each carry penalties of between 1 to 3 years in prison, although the sentences will run concurrently.

According to criminal charges, the woman contacted both police and Corbett’s probation officer after he sent her a LinkedIn request, which violates the order of protection she has, saying Corbett must not contact her both in person and online.

During their investigation, prosecutors said, the probation officer discovered Corbett had not listed his social media and email accounts with the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services, which is required for all sex offenders by law.

Investigators also discovered child pornography on the defendant’s cellphone.

“In light of the recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that sex offenders can not be excluded from the internet or social media,” said Brown, “it is imperative that those of the registry abide by the rules of the Division of Criminal Justice Services and identify their email accounts, screen names, and any other online identifiers.”


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