An undomiciled Level 2 sex offender is living at the Holiday Inn Express in Corona — where the city is renting individual rooms to house homeless people.
According to the state sex offender registry, 41-year-old Nevil Bruce's primary address is 113-10 Horace Harding Expy., the site of the hotel.
It was not immediately clear what crime Bruce was convicted of, as his offense was listed on the state's website. According to the registry, he was convicted in New Jersey in October 2003 of a crime that occurred two months earlier in the Garden State. It is also unknown whether he was given a prison sentence.
A registry official told the Chronicle on Thursday that she believes Bruce was convicted on one felony count and he could have been living at the hotel for as long as one month.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) announced Bruce's whereabouts in a statement, saying:
"The possible presence of a sex offender in this hotel not only endangers the lives of homeless families that were moved into this hotel as well, but also children from the nearby P.S. 14 and P.S. 28 schools, the High School for the Arts and Business, the community, park-goers and tourists," Peralta said. "We are calling on DHS to immediately remove this individual from the Holiday Inn Express."
A source told the Chronicle that Bruce may have committed sexual battery but that could not be confirmed, and no other details were immediately available.
The Department of Homeless Services caught heat from the community and area elected officials last month, with Peralta and others claiming the city had been housing homeless individuals at the hotel for months without informing area leaders — a situation repeated all over Queens for more than a year now.
A similar situation to the one in Corona occurred in nearby Elmhurst in June when — as first reported by the Chronicle — two Level 3 sex offenders were being housed in the Boulevard Family Residence, a family shelter occupying the former Pan American hotel on Queens Boulevard.
The two individuals were eventually removed, but not before irate community members rallied outside the shelter to demand action.
The DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This article was updated to say a source had said Nevil Bruce may have committed sexual battery but that the charge could not immediately be confirmed.