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EXCLUSIVE: Registered sex offender says he was given housing too close to schools, children

Posted at 6:01 PM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-24 18:01:44-04

MORRIS HEIGHTS, the Bronx — A registered sex offender says his permanent housing is too close to children and schools.

The man reached out to PIX11 himself and asked the station not to use his name or show his face.

He is a level-one sex offender and will be on the sex offender database for 20 years after being convicted for sexual misconduct.  He spent several years behind bars after a woman accused him of raping her.  While he says he is aware of his own crimes, he does not trust other sex offenders and wonders if they too will be placed in similar housing like he was.

"I was not convicted of being a pedophile.  My interest is not kids and if they place me there who is to say they're not going to place someone who is really dangerous," he said.

He claims his probation officer was encouraged to sign off on his new home, without cross checking its location, as soon as possible.

Fearing he would be in violation of the conditions set for being a sex offender, this man says he never moved in. Instead, he is back on the troubled Wards Island shelter for men.

As for The Bowery Residents Committee, the organization this man says placed him at this Bronx apartment, we reached out for comment on our story, but have not received a response.

PIX11 also reached out to the New York City of Department of Probation on this story, who said the man "refuses to live at this location, but we'll work to find him appropriate services and alternate placement."