SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco police on Wednesday notified the community that a convicted sex offender was recently released from prison and is currently residing in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

David Simons, 53, had been incarcerated for 24 years but was released from custody on Dec. 13 and is staying at 1288 Mission St., No. 230. He is not wanted for any crime and is in compliance as a registered sex offender, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak said.

The information about Simons' whereabouts is being released to allow members of the public to protect themselves and their children from sex offenders, Andraychak said.

However, anyone that uses the information about his whereabouts to commit a crime will face a sentence enhancement if convicted, he said.

Simons was classified as a sexually violent predator and has convictions for various sexual assaults in Sacramento County in 1982, San Francisco in 1988 and Alameda County in 1990, police said.

He has targeted boys between 5 and 11 years old and often gains the trust of the victim or their parents to gain access to the victim before sexually assaulting him, police said.



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