SF residents warned about sex offender

December 19, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Police in San Francisco are notifying people who live South of Market that a sex offender has moved into the neighborhood. David Simons, 53, is a violent registered sex offender.

There's a flyer in every mailbox at the Hotel Potter on Mission Street alerting tenants registered sex offender David Simons just moved in. Manager Mike Patterson is uneasy.

"I don't really like it, but I'm going to give it a try and see what happens," said Patterson.

Simons was just released from prison after serving 24 years convicted of violent sex crimes against children under 14 years old.

"Mr. Simons is classified as a sexually violent predator. Parents, children have a right to be noticed and to protect themselves," said San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr.

San Mateo resident Patty Pinell now has a pic of Simons on her phone. She works next door to his hotel.

"If he's out and about, that really scares me. Like I said, I'm going to get post his picture somehow and get it posted in our lobby," said Pinell.

We found Simons using a pay phone at the hotel and tried to speak with him. There was no comment from Simons who is no longer on probation or parole.

"So he's not on parole? So that's kind of worse, he's not being watched. He should be supervised," said neighbor Tanya Coates.

The chief hopes his department never has a need to contact Simons in the future. However, by law, Simons is required to notify police if he ever moves.


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