Sex offender living at Corona homeless hotel

Nevil Bruce

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.

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Makes ones wonder if you should stay at a Holiday Inn anywhere, since the chain seems to becoming a homeless shelter and harboring dangerous sex offenders. Let Holiday Inn know how you feel: Plus contact our Mayor and give him a piece of mind, that is if you folks actually care about the destruction of your communities: Just more and more destruction of Queens while Borough President Melinda Katz stays quiet and the majority of your local elected officials don’t have the balls to stand up for working class people who actually pay taxes for not only their salary but to house sex offenders like the creep below Nevil Bruce. Like how your high tax dollars are spent.

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According to the NCMEC map there are over 851,000 men, women and children (as young as 8 and 10 in some states) required to register and the "crimes" range from urinating in public (indecent exposure), sexting, incest, mooning, exposure, false accusations by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girlfriend, or spiteful student, viewing abusive OR suggestive images of anyone 18 years old or younger, playing doctor, prostitution, solicitation, Romeo and Juliet consensual sexual dating relationships, rape, endangering the welfare of a child, the old bate-n-switch internet stings and many others.
If you multiply the number on the registry by 2 or 3 family members you can clearly see there are well over 4 million wives, children, moms, aunts, girlfriends, grandmothers and other family members who experience the collateral damage of being murdered, harassed, threatened, children beaten, have signs placed in their yards, homes set on fire, vehicles damaged, asked to leave their churches and other organizations, children passed over for educational opportunities, have flyers distributed around their neighborhood, wives lose their jobs when someone learns they are married to a registrant....all these things occur when these people try to hold their family together and provide the three things that professionals state are needed for successful re-integration; a job, a place to live and a good support system. Residency restrictions, ranging from 500 ft to 2,500 ft are ludicrous just like being barred from homeless shelters.

The Supreme Court’s Crucial Mistake About Sex Crime Statistics
It is very important that you read the abstract below and then the full 12 page essay by Ira Mark and Tara Ellman.
ABSTRACT This brief essay reveals that the sources relied upon by the Supreme Court in Smith v. Doe, a heavily cited constitutional decision on sex offender registries, in fact provide no support at all for the facts about sex offender re-offense rates that the Court treats as central to its constitutional conclusions. This misreading of the social science was abetted in part by the Solicitor General’s misrepresentations in the amicus brief it filed in this case. The false “facts” stated in the opinion have since been relied upon repeatedly by other courts in their own constitutional decisions, thus infecting an entire field of law as well as policy making by legislative bodies. Recent decisions by the Pennsylvania and California supreme courts establish principles that would support major judicial reforms of sex offender registries, if they were applied to the actual facts. This paper appeared in Constitutional Commentary Fall, 2015.

A study reviewing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:
a) 93% of child sexual abuse victims knew their abuser;
b) 34.2% were family members;
c) 58.7% were acquaintances;
d) Only 7% of the perpetrators of child victims were strangers;
e) 40% of sexual assaults take place in the victims own home;
f) 20% take place in the home of a friend, neighbor or relative (Jill Levenson, PhD, Lynn University)

The public needs to decide if they want to continue to focus on those who, for the most part, are one time offenders or if they see a greater need to fund programs like "Stop It Now" that teaches about grooming behaviors and other things in their Circles of Safety. It is documented that 95% of the sexual abuse occurs within the victim's family and those known to the family?

For those past, present and future sinless individuals I guess I need to ask….when does redemption begin?

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