Sexual predator notification flyers distributed near elementary school

ERIE, Pa. -- A sexually violent predator community notification flyer was placed in mailboxes in an east Erie neighborhood twice in the last month. 

Two sexually violent predators have listed Saint Patrick's Haven, a shelter for homeless men at 147 E. 12th St., as their home address.

One of these men was convicted of indecent assault and the other of rape.

As a result, the Erie police, as required, distributed written notifications about their nearby presence to surrounding homes.

The shelter says they do not do any type of background check on those staying the night. 

The shelter, which is moving, will be located directly across the street from Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School, 235 E. 11th St.

However, Megan's Law does not restrict where a sexually violent predator may reside.

"We just ask that all neighbors or workers in that area be vigilant in the neighborhood,” Pete Mitchell of the Erie police said.


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