New York State’s oldest prisoner, Theodore Sypnier, died yesterday at 101, of natural causes. He had been convicted of child molestation on two separate occasions, once in 1987 and again in 1999, and was let out on parole last year briefly; police soon took him back to jail because he did not attend scheduled counseling meetings. The New York Post reports that “his life wasn’t any different than that of younger inmates.”
The Washington Post wrote about Sypnier before his release in 2009:
“Whether he’s 100 or 101 or 105, the same person that was committing these crimes 10, 25, 30 years ago still exists today and has an unrepentant heart,” said the Rev. Terry King, director of Grace House [a halfway house for child molesters], which has twice taken Sypnier in from prison.”
A Google image search for Theodore Sypnier gives this image in the first five results:
Yeah, it’s Herbert the Pervert from Family Guy. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Internet.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 8, 2010