Samuel McClure was deemed a level 2 sex offender and is scheduled to be released in December.

ONTARIO COUNTY — State prison can change a man — and for Samuel McClure, convicted sex offender, the hope is he is a changed man as he prepares to re-enter society.

McClure was back in Ontario County Court for his Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) level hearing and deemed a level 2 sex offender — a moderate risk — by Ontario County Judge Brian Dennis.

It was a disturbing case back in January of 2014, in which Samuel McClure and Patricia DeBoerdere lured a 14-year-old girl into the Woodridge Motel and used physical force to have sexual intercourse.

The 2014 case was prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Jason MacBride, who also oversaw McClure’s SORA hearing.

“According to the scale we have 85 points, which makes him a level 2 sex offender and a moderate threat to re-offend,” said MacBride.

According to the New York State Department of Corrections, McClure is scheduled to be released in December of this year, getting credit for time served based on good behavior.

It was a stark change in appearance for McClure, who appeared in front of Judge Brian Dennis, cleaned up and wearing a yarmulke or a kippot, a brimless cap made of cloth, worn by Jews to fulfill customary requirements.

Under New York state law, Level 1 sex offenders must register for 20 years unless they have been given one of the above designations. Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders are required to be registered for life. If the sex offender has been designated a sexual predator, a sexually violent offender or a predicate sex offender, he or she must register for life regardless of risk level.

“You took advantage of a young person who is among the most vulnerable in our midst,” said Judge Craig Doran during the 2014 sentencing. “All too often, young people are put in compromising situations by guys like you who for your own sexual gratification choose to further victimize people who in many instances are already victims themselves.”