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Former Music Director at Christ Church Greenwich Connecticut Released from Federal Prison Following Child Pornography Conviction

A former long-time music director at Christ  Church Greenwich, Robert  F. Tate, 70, has been released from the federal prison term he was serving  following a 2008 child pornography conviction and has moved to a New  Canaan apartment. At his sentencing hearing in 2008, Tate, admitted to a 40 year history of  sexual abuse of minors overseas as well as viewing hundreds of sexually-explicit  photos of children dating back to the 1960s. Tate was not charged criminally for  those acts, but did acknowledge having sex with boys in Thailand, the  Phillippines and Costa Rica. According to the state Sex Offender's Registry, Tate is living at 279 Elm  St., Apartment 2, following his release from federal prison last week.

Attempts to reach Tate for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.Last week, New Canaan School Superintendent Mary  Kolek wrote to parents, advising them of Tate's expected presence in town  and assuring them the school district took relevant steps to  protect children.State law requires local school districts be notified when a registered sex  offender moves into town.Jill LaGattuta, a New Canaan mother of three, said she was ill at ease about  Tate's living in town and the potential risk he posed to children, based on his  lengthy acknowledged history of being attracted to young boys."New Canaan is exceptionally family oriented and the kids walk into town by  themselves and they play in the street," LaGattuta said. "I think it's horrible  this man is going to be walking around the center of down right down the street  from his house."Carol  Curtis, a long time parishioner of Christ Church Greenwich whose daughter  Annie sang in the girl's choir there for 9 years, said she believes Tate has  paid his debt, and more, by working hard to resolve the psychological problems  which drove his interest in young boys.No one should consider him a risk, she said."He had a much harsher sentence than many people who committed a similar  crime," Curtis said.This year she submitted a letter in federal court urging U.S. District Court  Judge Alfred  Covello in New Haven to cut some restrictions on Tate in order to help ease  his re-entry into society. While his activities regarding child pornography were  worthy of punishment, Curtis said Tate was not convicted of physically  assaulting any choristers during his tenure as music director."I don't think anyone should be upset about Bob Tate being there," Curtis  said. "He is a fine musician and a very fine person and has been through a very  tough program. I'm sure he has solved whatever problems he has had."Under terms of his release -- established at his sentencing in U.S. District  Judge Alan  Nevas in February 2008 -- Tate will be monitored by probation officials for  life, be required to take part in sex offender treatment, consent to monitoring  of his computer use and be barred from contact with individuals under the age  of 18.In August, Covello rejected a motion to reduce or eliminate requirements that  Tate remain in mental health treatment and comply with other restrictions.Tate's motion argued Nevas' conditions were vague and more severe than  warranted given comprehensive treatment Tate had undergone and his low risk of  offending again.Throughout his indictment and guilty plea, many parishioners of Christ Church  remained loyal to Tate, arguing that his contributions to young choristers in  Greenwich mitigated his misdeeds to some extent.As reported in the Greenwich Times by Martin B. Casidy

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