Seven unrelated residents who live in a house near Daytona Beach share a common thread: The 1,square-foot, single-family home at Old Kings Road is occupied by six men and one woman, all with criminal histories that include sex crimes — most involving children. Rick Kane, who lives a few blocks away, contacted The Daytona Beach News-Journal after the most recent call he received about another sex offender moving into Old Kings Road.
Up to six unrelated people may reside in a house without any special permit from zoning officials, according to state and county laws. If the number exceeds six, approval is required from the Volusia County Council.
The residents of Old Kings Road make up nearly a fifth of the sex offenders living within a one-mile radius of the home. There were 38 sex offenders, six of them predators, registered as living in the area as of Friday. Sexual predator Michael Freeman, 33, registered the address with law enforcement in October , but the following month he was arrested on a warrant for violating his probation and taken to the Metro West Detention Center in Miami.
The newest resident is year-old Robert Messer, a registered predator. He was released from prison in September after serving nearly 11 years of his year sentence. No sex offenders live in the other homes she owns, according to the FDLE registry.
Zhu bought the Old Kings Road home in She did not pay property taxes on the home that year and has yet to pay her bill, records show. Attempts to reach Zhu were unsuccessful.
Plessinger said an offender also must update their address with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles within 48 hours. Roca, 58, who was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in Fairfax, Virginia, about 25 years ago, answered a knock on the door Thursday at the Old Kings Road house but was not interested in talking about his living situation. Susan Songer, 53, who was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor in Brown, South Dakota, nearly 11 years ago, said the home had only four residents and referred questions to Young, who said Thursday that Songer would be moving out the following week.
However, some cities have imposed tougher restrictions, extending the distance to 2, feet. He owns a home in Holly Hill where he has lived since , but has resided in four other counties since his conviction and has tried to help offenders in those counties find housing.
Young has been helping offenders, especially those who also are veterans, find housing since But not all of the neighbors feel the same. Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you. Digital access or digital and print delivery.