Friday, March 8, 2013

Lindsey Latourette, convicted in 2008 drug death of Saugerties teen Evan Wisniewski, charged with filing false report

Story reported here:

ULSTER PARK, N.Y. — Lindsey Latourette, who spent more than two years in state prison for the rape and overdose death of a Saugerties teenager, was charged on Thursday with falsely reporting an incident, according to the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

The charge could land her back in prison for violating her parole.

Deputies, in a press release issued late Thursday, said Latourette, 28, of 33 Catherine Lane, Ulster Park, reported to police on Thursday that a male acquaintance made unwanted sexual contact with her on Feb. 12. An investigation of the claim determined it to be false, and Latourette was charged, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Falsely reporting an incident is a misdemeanor, and Latourette was released from custody with a ticket instructing her to appear in Esopus Town Court, deputies said.

Latourette was paroled in October after spending two years and five months in the Taconic Correctional Facility in Westchester County for the 2008 death of 15-year-old Evan Wisniewski. Being arrested while on parole often results in the parolee being sent back to prison for the remainder of his or her original sentence.

Latourette’s original sentence was through Feb. 25, 2014.

Latourette pleaded guilty on March 3, 2010, to criminally negligent homicide, rape and criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting she had sex with Wisniewski and gave him what turned out to be a lethal dose of methadone on the night of his death.

In April 2010, Latourette was sentenced to 1-1/3 to four years in state prison.

A 12-month investigation into Wisniewski’s death concluded the methadone Latourette gave the teen was from a weekend supply she had been issued by the methadone clinic at Kingston Hospital.

Methadone is a synthetic opioid most commonly used to help abusers of heroin and other drugs overcome their addictions.

A condition of Latourette’s parole was that she register as a Level 3 sex offender, (Level 3 indicates the highest risk of recidivism.) A check of New York state’s online sex offender registry confirmed, by way of home address, that the woman convicted in Wisniewski’s death and the woman arrested on Thursday are the same person.