By , Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Should being a registered sex offender preclude someone from being a custodial parent?

That’s just one of the questions raised by a recent case in Monroe County Family Court that wrapped up in late August with a settlement agreement between a woman who’s had custody of her sister’s two children for the past four years and the children’s biological father, a registered Level 3 sex offender.

Another question is when should the rights of a biological parent be considered inferior to those of a non-parent?

The settlement agreement, inked Aug. 30, provides the father with supervised visitation of his children beginning this month and unsupervised visitation beginning after Dec. 1. The agreement also gives the father joint custody, with the aunt retaining physical custody.

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