Online records indicate that the city of New York may have violated state law by housing several homeless people convicted of sex crimes against children near a school.
Six convicted sexual offenders were housed while still on parole in a luxury hotel a block away from an elementary school playground, which is an apparent violation of state law, according to the New York Post.
As of Friday night, they were listed on the state’s sex offender registry as living at the Hotel Belleclaire on New York City’s Upper West Side, located less than 1,000 feet away from P.S. 87.
New York state law prohibits high-risk sex offenders on probation or parole from “knowingly entering into or upon” schools or other facilities “primarily used” by children if a minor is present, which has been interpreted by courts to mean that they must stay 1,000 feet away.
A city representative told the New York Post that the list is inaccurate and that the six people in question don’t live at that address, but the person declined to comment on whether they have ever lived there. A representative for the state registry said the list reflects the most up-to-date information they have.
All six men were convicted of sex crimes against children, including raping a 4-year-old girl, raping a 6-year-old boy, raping a 10-year-old girl, molesting a child under the age of 11, raping a 16-year-old girl, and raping a 15-year-old girl.
“Completely unacceptable,” one local resident said.
“Look, we’re a progressive-minded community, and we tend to be sympathetic to the homeless,’’ another woman at the playground said. “But with sex offenders, draw the line.”