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A Level 2 sex offender may have lived in this family shelter in Corona.

Community members and elected officials were surprised to find last month that a Holiday Inn Express in Corona was being used to house homeless families and have now discovered that a Level 2 sex offender was moved in.

The hotel, located at 113-10 Horace Harding Expwy., is being used by DHS to accommodate homeless families. Though it is technically not a homeless shelter, DHS began renting out rooms to meet the “city’s legal obligation” to house the rising number of homeless people, a spokesperson previously told QNS.

On Oct. 20, state Senator Jose Peralta said someone alerted him to the presence of a Level 2 sex offender in the shelter and he demanded that DHS remove him.

When QNS checked the New York State Sex Offender Registry on Oct. 20, 41-year-old Nevil Bruce was listed as living at the Holiday Inn Express. On Oct. 21, Bruce’s address was changed to 400 East 30th St., where The Bellevue Men’s Shelter is located.

The registry did not list specifics about Bruce’s arrest.

The shelter is located near several schools including P.S. 14, P.S. 28 and the High School for the Arts and Business. According to a spokesperson for DHS, Bruce is currently not living at the shelter. Due to client confidentiality issues, DHS could not confirm whether Bruce ever lived at the Holiday Inn Express.

“I want to thank DHS and the administration for acting quickly and swiftly on this matter,” Peralta said. “It is my hope that the city agency improves its vetting practice to make sure it does not happen again.”

He added that the city should implement a screening process for possible sex offenders before moving them into shelters with children and near schools.

In a similar case in Ozone Park, the Skyway Men’s Shelter 132-30 South Conduit Ave. was notorious for housing Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders.

The shelter is located two blocks from P.S./M.S. 124. Residents, school staff and Councilman Ruben Wills worked for years to ensure that all sex offenders were removed from the shelter and in July 2015, Wills announced that 52 sex offenders would be removed from that location.


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Vicki Henry October 23, 2016 / 06:04PM
According to the NCMEC map there are over 851,870 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings and many others. If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 4 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system. Residency restrictions, ranging from 500 ft to 2,500 ft are ludicrous just like being barred from homeless shelters. The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman. ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that: b) 34.2% were family members; c) 58.7% were acquaintances; d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers; e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victims own home; f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University) The public needs to decide if they want to continue to focus on those who, for the most part, are one time offenders or if they see a greater need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things in their Circles of Safety. Women Against Registry

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j,, October 22, 2016 / 09:13AM
This is a modern day equivalent to the witch hunts. We are going to be so ashamed in fifty years or less. As the registry list continues to explode, eventually we will all know or have a loved one on the list and then our prejudices will change.

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