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Authorities: GWB Jumper Was Registered Sex Offender, 65

Richard Genin
Richard Genin Photo Credit: INSET: Courtesy New York Division of Criminal Justice Services; PHOTO: Jerry DeMarco

FORT LEE, N.J. -- A man who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Friday was a 65-year-old registered sex offender from Westchester, authorities said.

Richard Genin was still alive when he Westchester County Police Harbor Unit pulled him from the Hudson River after he jumped around 3:20 p.m., the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

Crew members were diverting a wayward whale back toward New York Harbor when they said they saw him jump.

Although they grabbed Genin before he could go under and conducted CPR, he was pronounced dead an hour later at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Pentangelo said.

A witness told police that Genin stopped his 2012 white Honda Civic Del Sol, with New York license plates, on the lower level of the GWB, got out and went over the railing,

The FBI arrested Genin in 2008 after they said he ordered and received several child pornography DVDs in the mail, court documents show.

They found Genin after Italian authorities in late 2006 arrested a distributor who gave them a list of buyer emails, the documents say. He was convicted in April 2011 and received 10 years probation, according to the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.

The Honda was listed along with other information about Genin in the state sex offender registry . He was listed as Class 2 offender.

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