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The Anchor Inn Motel

Eight sex offenders who were living at the Anchor Inn Motel in Bayside have been removed from the site, according to an official from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

“We all must work together to help formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into society,” a HPD spokeswoman said. “None of the parolees are currently residing at the hotel. The city is working with the State Department of Corrections (DOCCS) to find these individuals housing.”

The individuals had been vacated from another residence for unsafe conditions, and HPD stepped in to provide relocation services. According to HPD, “The Red Cross has an agreement with the hotel where the individuals were placed temporarily, but they have since left.” 

The relocation of the sex offenders comes after state Senator John Liu joined by Assembly members Nily Rozic and Ed Braunstein and Councilmember Paul Vallone on April 4 called for immediate removal of the individuals by the DOCCS at the Anchor Inn Motel, located at 215-34 Northern Blvd. 

“Nothing trumps the safety and security for our families, especially the protection of young children, and these individuals must be moved out immediately,” Liu said. “We also demand a clear accounting of how this happened in the first place so it doesn’t get repeated.”

The eight registered sex offenders are listed on the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services sex offender registry. They are men who range in age from 33 to 66. Four of the individuals were said to be level 3, sexually violent offenders.

When QNS had contacted the Anchor Inn Motel for confirmation, a businessman claimed they knew nothing about the men living on the premises.

Parents living within the vicinity of the motel were alerted by Parents for Megan’s Law, a Long Island-based group dedicated to preventing child sex abuse. 

They had stressed concerns of their children attending the Learning Experience’s Academy of Early Education, located across the street from the hotel, and illicit activity conducted on the premises late at night.

According to the Department of Criminal Justice, the Sex Offender Registration Act does not restrict where a registered sex offender may live. However, if the offender is under parole or probation supervision, other New York state laws may limit the offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school or other facility caring for children.

In a statement to QNS, a DOCCS spokesman said the men were relocated to the Anchor Inn, which is compliant with the state’s Sexual Assault Reform Act (SARA) restrictions, following the closure of their previous transitional housing by New York City agencies. 

The local lawmakers had blasted city officials whose decision-making brought the sex offenders within close proximity of the pre-school and demanded full accountability of the placement in a family-friendly neighborhood.

“It’s always a cause for concern when sex offenders are placed in a community, but it becomes truly alarming when their crimes are particularly heinous and violent,” Vallone said.


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Vicki Henry April 16, 2019 / 05:54AM
Women Against Registry advocates for the families who have loved ones required to register as sexual offenders. More about the issue: According to the NCMEC map there are over 912,000 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 bait-n-switch internet stings (taking sometimes 12 months before a person steps over the line) guys on the autism spectrum or with intellectual disabilities 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 3 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 indicate are needed for successful reintegration; a job, a place to live and a “positive” support system. The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics – ‘Frightening and High’ (Debunks the 80% recidivism rate cited by now SCOTUS Justice Kennedy) 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 facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015. Google: Frightening and High Essay A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that: a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser; 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 victim’s own home; f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University) There is a tremendous need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things at age-appropriate levels in their Circles of Safety. Our question to the public is one of, when does redemption begin? We support the principles of Restorative/Transformative Justice; restore the victim, restore the offender AND restore the community. Lastly, our country is proud to be 'the incarceration nation' with 5% of the world's population and 25% of the world's incarcerated.

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