Police announced on Tuesday the arrest of a registered sex offender for allegedly trying to lure a 12-year-old girl in Astoria into his vehicle on March 5.
Houshang Hakimi, who the NYPD says is homeless, was charged with acting in a manner injurious to the welfare of a child less than 17 years old and failing to register a change of address as a sex offender.
The defendant has been down this road before.
In July 2000, Hakimi was arrested on the same “acting in a manner injurious” charge, according to the NYPD. He pleaded guilty to public lewdness and was given a conditional discharge by the judge in the case, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.
Ten years after that, in July 2010, he was charged with forcible touching in Nassau County, police said. It could not be determined by press time how that case was adjudicated.
Though a registered sex offender, Hakimi is not listed on the state’s online sex offender registry, but not all offenders are. The site notes that those deemed the lowest risk are not there, and even some deemed higher risk are not because of a pending lawsuit.
Hakimi has given the authorities two different dates of birth and has several aliases. The NYPD has his age as 69, while the Queens DA’s Office puts it at 61. And a source says he has used six other names: Joseph Jerusalmi, Aliya Houshang, Houshang Hakimijadid, Anthony Hamilton, Sammy Johnson and Nahid Hakimi.
Though homeless, Hakimi was driving a sport utility vehicle when he allegedly tried to lure the girl into it at about 4:15 p.m. last Wednesday around 49th Street and Ditmars Boulevard, police said. She declined, and he fled when her babysitter approached.