NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City is overrun with serial sex criminals that prey on the weak and people that find themselves alone. And even though police pick them up daily, they’re powerless in the fight to stop them.
Authorities say that it stems from the classification of their crimes. Because these perverted acts are usually considered misdemeanors, even when they’re arrested and taken into booking, they’re usually set free quickly, able to go back to the streets and commit another offense in no time at all.
Let’s look at some examples.
On Monday, a man was seen touching himself inappropriately while watching children play at a Brooklyn park. When someone confronted the man about what he was doing, the suspect punched the witness in the face and ran off.
Another group of known criminals in New York City have been coined the ‘Dirty Dozen’, using public transit systems to commit their lewd acts.
Together they’ve racked up hundreds and hundreds of arrests… but continue to walk freely. One such known serial pervert is James Hunt.
He’s been arrested nearly 80 times – including 32 instances of sex crimes on public transit. And on Thursday, police arrested him again, this time for allegedly groping a 13-year-old girl.
Authorities in New York City say that James Hunt was taken down at the 42nd Street Bryant Park station after he reportedly assaulted a teenage girl who was trying to buy a MetroCard. He’s one of the “Dirty Dozen”, a group of repeat offenders who boast an insanely long list of arrests for transit sex crimes.
— New York Post (@nypost) September 21, 2019
Sgt. Christopher O’Connell is the commanding officer of the Transit Special Victims Squad in New York City. He called Hunt the “poster child” for repeat sex crimes on the subway and said that more serious measures need to be taken, such as banning these types of offenders from the transit system for life.
“I believe he should be banned from the subway,” he said. “Regular people get up and go to work, they go to school, to doctors appointments, and he’s out there preying on people. This is all he does.”
Cops in the city are frustrated that they are prevented from stopping known sex offenders for being in the subway, even when they know what they’re about to do.
A dirty dozen transit deviants are driving subway sex crimes through the roof with their refusal to stay away, arrest after arrest, NYPD insiders tell @nypost.
They “wake up in the morning for one purpose, and that is to commit these crimes.” https://t.co/3nadFBfjRK
— Connor Ryan (@connortryan) March 18, 2019
Instead of being proactive, they have to sit back and wait for them to victimize someone else.
“It’s a challenge we face,” one source from the NYPD said. “We spot people we know are going to do this and we have to follow them until they spot another victim. We have to wait until they victimize someone else.”
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It’s unclear if any legal measures will come from law enforcement’s warning about these individuals.
“They’re highly recidivist, all of them,’’ NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said in an interview with the Post recently. “They get over and over arrested for the same things. They ride the same train lines.”
624 sex-related complaints have been reported in the subway in 2019, increasing from 609 over the same period last year.
“They’re creeps. They prey on the innocent. They prey on women,” a department source said.
“People don’t feel safe like they used to when Bloomberg was mayor,” Milner said. “Taking the trains used to be a good experience, and now it’s just awful.”
Transit crime IS UP 11% over the last 9 years. https://t.co/RkyH0Be21z
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) September 23, 2019
Reports from crime within the subway system specifically has increased in four different areas, the Post said. Through the end of August, police have logged two rapes and two murders. Last year during the same time period, police only had one homie and had yet to have any reported rapes, according to NYPD stats outlined for Monday’s MTA board meeting.
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Robberies and felony assaults are also on the rise, but have not seen serious growth like the other categories, with robberies going from 309 up to 327 and felony assaults from 229 to 233.
The Post also noted that hate crimes that were reported had nearly doubled since last year, with an increase from 32 up to 62 – or an increase of 95 percent.
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