Saturday, November 8, 2008

Daniel A. Caccamo - Repeat Sex Offender - Compulsive

A 33-year-old Randolph man who has been classified as a compulsive and repetitive sex offender was sentenced Friday to five years at a correctional facility for sexual deviants as punishment for exposing himself to a 7-year-old girl in the toy aisle of the Sears Essential store on Route 46 in Parsippany.

Daniel A. Caccamo pleaded guilty in August in state Superior Court, Morristown, to endangering the welfare of a child. He was evaluated by clinicians at the state's Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel and found to meet its criteria as a compulsive offender in need of psychosexual therapy.

Before his plea, Caccamo already was a convicted sex offender and Megan's Law registrant for exposing himself to a girl in Mendham Township. He also was found in 2006 driving around the Rockaway Townsquare mall with his pants down, police said.

He flashed his genitals at the 7-year-old on Dec. 10 at the Sears store. The crime was reported right away to store personnel but Caccamo left before he could be detained and questioned. He was arrested and charged in February when he returned to Sears Essentials and was recognized by security staff as the man who was caught on a surveillance videotape following the girl in the store in December.

The child's mother told Superior Court Judge Salem Vincent Ahto on Friday that she prays Caccamo never victimizes another child. She was at Sears Essentials on Dec. 10 with her two daughters to get a Christmas portrait taken, she said.

"In exposing himself to her, Mr. Caccamo took a large part of her innocence away," the mother said. She said her child, after being interviewed by detectives, was wondering if she did anything wrong and fretted that the flasher might somehow find out where she lived and come after her.

"She won't go into the Sears Essentials store and occasionally has dreams about him," the mother said.

When Caccamo was recognized on his return trip to Sears in February, security called Parsippany police, who confronted him. Police said he became defensive, and the responding officer noticed that his pants were not zipped up.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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