New York City officials are under fire after they reportedly transferred five registered sex offenders into a shelter near schools. Two of them are convicted pedophiles.
According to the New York sexoffender registry, at least four of the sex offenders were still living in the Radisson Hotel, which was a temporary shelter for the homeless in Manhattan's financial district.
A mother in the area said that parents cannot rely on local governments to protect their children. "I don't mind helping the needy and providing shelters for those who are homeless in my locality, but I oppose putting violent pedophiles in a block school."
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Lee Jackson, a Level-3 Sexually Violent Offender aged 42, was one of five ex-convicts who stayed at the shelter. He was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting 7-year old Brooklyn girl.
Lonzel McNeil (53), was convicted in 1993 of raping an 11 year-old Brooklyn girl.
According to the report, he was given a private room at the shelter, less than one block from Pine Street School, which is a pre-kindergarten/elementary school.
According to the New York Post, a mother of her two children, Pine Street School aged 3 and 5, filed a complaint against the school to have the men removed.
She said, "It's frightening." Families don't feel safe anymore. Our children are not safe. I used to go for nightly walks at 10-11 p.m. "I no longer live alone at night."
Radisson residents who were homeless were upset by the news about the move of the sexual deviants.
Don Parker, a 52-year-old resident said that "if you have kids, you should feel exactly the same way." "There are some things you can't do."
According to the report, this is not the first time that the New York City Department of Homeless Services has placed five sex offenders.
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Manhattan's Upper West Side Belleclaire Hotel was used in August 2020 to house at most six pedophiles currently on parole.
One block from an elementary school playground is the Belleclaire.
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Original Author: Luke Gentile
Original Location: New York City officials move convicted pedophiles to a shelter for homeless people, surrounded by schools