Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground

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New York City, New York – There’s nothing more unwanted in a community than someone convicted crimes related to pedophilia – yet it seems that New York City has housed six convicted pedophiles in a Manhattan hotel that lies just under 1000 feet away from a elementary school playground.

According to state law, the aforementioned is a violation of law in and of itself via issued court opinions on what it means that convicted sex offenders cannot enter or be near schools or other areas primarily designated for children.

The Belleclaire hotel at Broadway and West 77th Street is located near the playground for PS 87, which the state’s Sex Offender Registry still shows the six to still be housed there under their primary residence.

As of August 7th, a city rep noted that the listings were inaccurate and claimed that the six mentioned pedophiles on the registry “are not at that location.” When pressed on whether the six men have ever been housed at said location post release, no further comment was provided by the city rep.

As of August 8th, Law Enforcement Today confirmed on the registry that the men are still being listed as living at the addresses afforded to the Belleclaire hotel.

Here are the six pedophiles still listed at the address:

Twenty-six-year-old Devron Vernal was convicted in March of 2015 under the charge of sexual contact with an individual less than 11-years-old. His victim, who his relationship status was cited as being “non-stranger”, was a 4-year-old girl. His criminal acts were described as “sexual contact” and “deviate sexual intercourse”. Vernal was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the offense.

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Devron Vernal – New York Sex Offender Registry

Twenty-nine-year-old Jonathan Evans was convicted in October of 2010 under the charge of criminal sexual act in the first-degree of a victim less than 11-years-old. His victim, who his relationship status was cited as being “non-stranger”, was a 6-year-old boy.  

His criminal acts were described as “sexual intercourse”, “sexual contact” and “deviate sexual intercourse”. Evans was sentenced to 5 years in prison for the offense.

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Jonathan Evans

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Fifty-one-year-old Anderson Stuckey was convicted in December of 2005 under the charge of course of sexual conduct against a child in the second-degree against a child under 11-years-old.

His victim, who his relationship status was cited as being “non-stranger”, was a 10-year-old girl.  

His criminal acts were described as “sexual intercourse”, “sexual contact”, “sexual contact attempted”, “kidnapping/unlawful imprisonment” and “deviate sexual intercourse”. Stuckey was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the offense.

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Anderson Stuckey

Thirty-five-year-old Orlando Velasco was convicted in July of 2011 under the charge of course of sexual conduct against a child in the first-degree against a child under 11-years-old.

The exact details of the relationship to his victim or the victim’s exact age were not reported.

All that was cited was that he’d spent 42-months in prison for the convicted offense.

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Orlando Velasco

Sixty-two-year-old Ronald Butler was convicted in June of 2013 under the charge of third-degree rape of a victim under 17-years-old with an offender over the age of 21-years-old.

His victim, who his relationship status was cited as being “non-stranger”, was a 16-year-old girl.  His criminal acts were described as “more than once sexual contact” and “more than once sexual intercourse”.  

Butler was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for the offense.

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Ronald Butler

Thirty-seven-year-old Rafael Medina was convicted in September of 2015 under the charge of course of criminal sexual act in the third-degree with an offender over 21-years-old and a victim less than 17-years-old.

His victim, who his relationship status was cited as being “non-stranger”, was a 15-year-old girl.  His criminal acts were described as “sexual contact”. Medina was sentenced to 3 years in prison for the offense.

 

Report: NYC moves convicted pedophiles into Manhattan hotel less than 1000 feet away from school playground
Rafael Medina

Convicted sex offender arrested after allegedly forcing himself into a car and kissing a 2-year-old girl

SAN LEANDRO, CA– On Friday, a non-complaint sex offender registrant was arrested on suspicion of committing a lewd act with a minor child under the age of 14. 

According to reports, the case against the suspect, Ralf Peter Schmidt-Dunker, 45, from San Francisco, was presented Tuesday to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

The case comes following an investigation into a July 4th report of a man who forced his way into a vehicle and kissed a 2-year-old child on the lips before being pulled away by a family member. The San Leandro police Special Victims Unit began investigating the incident after it was reported by the child’s grandmother.

The grandmother was the one who put the child in her car sear before the alleged incident happened. Once the family member pulled Schmidt-Dunker from the 2-year-old, he fled the scene on foot. Based on the description of the suspect provided by the grandmother, investigators were able to identify Schmidt-Dunker as the suspect.

During the investigation, police learned that he had been out of compliance with his sex offender registration requirements for the last three years. According to police, he was arrested without incident at a homeless camp in San Francisco. He remains in custody with no bail at Santa Rita Jail.

Lieutenant Ted Henderson said in a statement:

“Due to the criminal act he committed upon the 2-year-old victim and because he was an out-of-compliance registered sex offender, detectives believed his acts may become more aggressive towards our younger population and wanted to apprehend him quickly.”

He continued:

“We mad this case a top priority and located him in a homeless encampment in San Francisco where he was arrested on probable cause without incident.”

The police are asking that anyone with any additional information related to this investigation or any other possible similar incidents are urged to call the San Leandro Police Department at 510-577-2740.

In another incident, a Michigan sex offender fugitive was arrested in California after a 20-year search. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, James Meece was convicted in 1991 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to three 15 year sentences in prison. 

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Meece sexually assaulted the young daughters of a woman he was dating. According to the release, Meece, who was featured in an episode of the TV series, “In Pursuit with John Walsh” this past year threatened to kill them and their mother if they revealed the abuse.

In May 1990, he paroled and was required to register as a sex offender for the rest of if his, but within six months of his release, he absconded. In 2011, the U.S. Marshal Service Eastern District of Michigan adopted the case.

In 2018, investigators learned Meece was linked to a woman in El Monte, California. According to authorities, the couple worked to keep their relationship a secret and the woman used alias for him. When authorities questioned her, she denied knowing Meece, but interviews with neighbors and relatives revealed that she was married to a man named Anthony Bennetti, whose description matched Meece.

Investigators said that Bennetti made claims similar to those by Meece. They said Meece:

“Falsely passed himself off as a U.S. Army Green Beret, a Vietnam Veteran, a prisoner or war, a CIA agent, an FBI agent, a U.S. Marshal, and a member of other law enforcement agencies to gain the trust of women he later raped and defrauded or whose children he sexually assaulted.”

Meece was arrested at the woman’s home without incident. At the scene, officials recovered a sniper rifle and fraudulent identity documents Meece had allegedly used. Own Cypher, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Michigan said:

“This arrest demonstrates the tenacity of U.S. Marshals investigators and everyone who participated in taking this dangerous individual off the streets, not only in the Easter District of Michigan, but also the Central District of California, the Southern District of California, and many components of the agency’s Investigative Operations Division.”

He concluded:

“I am confident without their support, James Meece would still be victimizing women and children.”

Report: Six out of seven recently released sex offenders deemed ‘high risk’ rearrested

May 20, 20202 – ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Back towards the end of April, Law Enforcement Today brought you a story regarding the release of seven high-risk sex offenders from various jails in California after they were locked up for violating the terms of their original releases.

Weeks later, and it looks like six out of that seven have been rearrested.

Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer was against the whole notion to begin with, in terms of releasing these seven high-risk sex offenders back into the community after they initially failed to abide by their conditional releases.

Perhaps the recent developments regarding the six out of the original seven are exactly why, since they’ve allegedly broken the terms of their conditional releases once again.

While most had reportedly been most-recently accused of the likes of drug possession charges and criminal threats allegations, 39-year-old Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno allegedly decided to expose himself to employees working within the parole office shortly after his release in April.

DA Spitzer was not exactly shocked that a majority of this group found themselves in custody once again:

“It comes as no surprise that these high-risk sex offenders continue to violate the law and do everything they can to avoid being tracked by law enforcement.”

In what seems to be a connotation of critique, DA Spitzer made mention of the concept of releasing jailed inmates back onto the streets in light of the ongoing pandemic:

“There is a concerted effort here in California and across the nation to open up the jailhouse doors and let dangerous criminals back into our streets without regard for the safety of the public which we are sworn to protect.”

While there’s something to be said about considering unique solutions to combat the potential spread of COVID-19 within jails and prisons, perhaps an increased degree of scrutiny toward possible releases would lessen the ire coming from community members and officials.

Santa Ana Councilman Phil Bacerra was one of those initially perturbed when word got out about these individuals being released back in April. In a letter to Commissioner Joe Dane, Bacerra noted the following:

“There has not been a need to release additional inmates, particularly dangerous ones, from the jail. Your actions jeopardize the safety and well-being of our community.”

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Here’s the original report we ran back in April detailing the seven who were released:

It’s not often that you see a warning issued to residents by a district attorney.  This is an exception.

In California on April 28th, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer wanted to let people know that seven registered sex offenders who he said were “high-risk” were recently released from custody early.

Why?  To keep them healthy during the ongoing pandemic.

According to Spitzer, these convicts spent “just days” in jail. 

The law requires a minimum of six months for those registered as sex offenders.

Not only that, but they’ve apparently also been charged with cutting off their GPS monitors or tampering with their tracking devices.

The warning comes a bit later – they were released beginning on April 7.  It came after the rulings by appointed Court Commissioner Joseph Dane, Spitzer said.

The DA went on to call the men “the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to reoffend.”

“These are not the kind of people who should be getting a break,” he said. 

Since March 7, the jail population in the county has been reduced by nearly 45%, said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.

Now Spitzer says overcrowding isn’t an issue thanks to additional steps taken to make sure inmates are safe during the crisis.

“It is not the court’s responsibility to control the jail population by releasing these dangerous criminals back into our communities,” the DA said.

“The residents of Orange County deserve to have the peace of mind that registered sex offenders are being held accountable and not just let out the front door of a jail by a court commissioner who refuses to follow the law.”

Spitzer slammed the move to release the inmates as “dangerous”.  He also promised that his office appear in front of Dane on parole violations that involve registered sex offenders.

The two – Spitzer and Barnes – have previously expressed anger about a statewide move for bail to be dropped to zero for many offenders.

Here’s a breakdown of the inmates who were released:

Luis Joel Ramirez, 27, last known address in Costa Mesa.

The DA’s office said the following are included in his criminal history: sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, burglary and possessing of a leaded cane, a deadly weapon.

He served 20 days on a parole violation for cutting off his GPS then was released on April 7.

Then he was arrested again on a parole violation for failing to report, served 16 days and was released again on April 24.

James Franklin Bowling, 50, last known address in Bowling.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes: lewd conduct in a public place, repeated convictions for failing to register as a sex offender, repeated convictions for sex offender on school grounds and possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia.

Since February, he’s had two parole violations.  He was released on April 9.  That was after serving 14 days on a parole violation for failing to charge his GPS monitoring device.

The DA’s office said he was ordered to report to parole but he “does not report”.

Rudy William Grajeda Magdaleno, 39, last known address in Anaheim.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes: child molestation, indecent exposure, assault, battery, criminal threats and inflicting injury on an adult.

Since 2017, he’s had five parole violations.

On April 13, he was released after serving 142 days on a parole violation for failing to charge his GPS monitoring device.  The DA said he was ordered to report but he “does not report”.

Calvin Curtis Coleman, 52, last known address in Santa Ana.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes lewd conduct in a public place, and that he’s had three parole violations since 2019.  They said he was released on April 13 after serving 18 days on a parole violation after failing to charge his GPS monitoring device, and that he was ordered to report to parole.

Kyle Albert Winton, 40, last from Mission Viejo.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes: annoying or molesting a child, criminal threats to cause great bodily injury or death, resisting a peace officer and DUI and hit and run with property damage.

Officials say he’s got one parole violation.  In April, he was released after serving 10 days on a parole violation for failing to charge his GPS.

Here’s another one who was ordered to report to parole, but who “does not report”.

Jose Adrian Oregel, 46, of Santa Ana.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes: unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a person under the age of 18 and causing great bodily injury.

The DA’s office called him a “second striker” who was released on April 22 after serving 18 days for failing to charge his GPS device and was ordered to report to parole.

Mario Ernesto Sandoval, 45, of Stanton.

The DA’s office said his criminal history includes: sexual battery, touching for sexual arousal, indecent exposure, assault on a peace officer and assault.

Officials said he’s had one parole violation in 2020, after he he failed to charge his GPS device and was unaccounted for one-third of the time he was out of custody.

Then he was released on April 22 after serving 16 days on a parole violation.  This after failing to report to charge his GPS device and being ordered to report to parole.

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