Dozens of convicted sex offenders who were kept locked up past their prison terms under former Governor George Pataki because they were deemed still dangerous have been quietly released in recent months.  According to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, of the approximately 125 sex offenders civilly confined under Pataki, 44 - more than one-third - have been released after being given new court-ordered hearings before state mental-health officials.


The state is trying to civilly confine 34 more convicted sex offenders who are due for release.  Among them:

- A man convicted of the sadistic torture of a child under age 10

- A man convicted of assaulting and raping a woman while high on crack

- A man convicted of sodomy and deviant intercourse with three children under 10

- A man convicted of sodomizing three siblings under 10

(Albany, New York)