A Level 3 sex offender may be living at the Boulevard Family Residence — an Elmhurst homeless shelter for families — according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
State records list Dwayne Clark's primary residence as 79-00 Queens Blvd. A footnote says "the United States Postal Service has indicated this may not be a valid mailing address," but exactly what that means is unclear.
The Department of Homeless Services could not immediately confirm or deny whether Clark is a resident at the shelter, and a representative said the matter is being investigated.
According to state records, the 47-year-old Clark was convicted in 1995 of first-degree sexual abuse for assaulting a pair of 13-year-old girls and a 10-year-old girl.
Records say he had sexual intercourse with the victims after he "immediately and physically overpowered" them.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) said in a Tuesday interview that her office had reached out to the Boulevard Family Residence but staff there could not immediately confirm Clark's status as a resident.
"It takes a lot to shock me and this is shocking. It defies logic," Stavisky said, adding the situation horrified her. "We've worked so hard with the Department of Homeless Services there. To have this happen, it's mind-boggling."
Phil Wong, a member of the Elmhurst United civic organization formed in the wake of the Boulevard Family Residence's creation in 2014, said in an email he was shocked.
"This is a complete disregard for the safety of the children living inside, as well as the kids attending the nearby schools," Wong wrote. "There is no excuse for such neglect."
Formerly the Pan American hotel, the Boulevard Family Residence opened in June 2014 to stiff community opposition. Multiple testy protests were held outside the building operated by Samaritan Village in the weeks after.
After being denied three times, Samaritan Village's contract with the city to operate the shelter permanently was approved by Comptroller Scott Stringer in February.