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5 sex offenders staying at O.C. hotel

March 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Police are warning Huntington Beach residents about five registered sex offenders living at an Extended Stay America hotel in the city.Officers handed out fliers outside the hotel at 5050 Skylab Road. The men have been identified as Steven Paff, Chad Stephens, John Rubi, James Creller, and Joseph Gazafy, according to the Orange County Register.

Rubi was convicted of oral copulation with a person under 14 years old, sexual battery and sexual penetration with foreign object, according to the Megan's Law Web site. Stephens was convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a person under 14 years old; Paff was convicted of indecent exposure and annoying or molesting a child; Creller's offenses are listed as rape by force and sexual penetration with a foreign object by force, according to the Web site.

A number of hotel guests didn't know about the convicted sex offenders staying at the hotel, and were glad that police put out fliers alerting them.

"You do the crime, you got to do the time. You know, it's not a good thing, but I feel that people have the right to know what's going on around them," said guest Tommy Hood.

Part of the problem with the current state law is there are very few places where registered sex offenders can live. Often times they stay in hotels or motels because they can't be near playgrounds or schools.