Homeless sex offender who displayed ‘free fentanyl’ signs outside San Francisco school is convicted of creating a public nuisance – and now faces up to six months in prison

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • A homeless pedophile was convicted of creating a public nuisance in San Francisco court on Friday 
  • Joseph Adam Moore, 46, displayed signs saying ‘free fentanyl’ outside of a school for children aged two to 13 in October
  • Moore is a convicted pedophile – he now faces six months in jail for his inappropriate signs

A homeless pedophile who held signs advertising ‘free fentanyl’ outside of an elementary school has been convicted of creating a public nuisance.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced on Friday that Joseph Adam Moore, 46, has been convicted of creating a public nuisance after his inappropriate behavior in October.

Moore – a convicted pedophile – held signs that read ‘Meth for Stolen Items’ and ‘Free Fentanyl 4 New Users’ while standing outside of Stella Maris Academy, a school for children aged two through 13.

Joseph Adam Moore, 46, lives in a tent near the $11,700-a-year school. Records from California’s sex offender register indicate that Moore was jailed for six years for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1997.

Evidence presented in trial shows that Moore piled his belongings on San Francisco’s Ninth Avenue, blocking the sidewalk and e-bike access, on October 19 and 20.

A homeless pedophile who held signs advertising ‘free fentanyl’ outside of an elementary school has been convicted of creating a public nuisance

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced on Friday that Joseph Adam Moore, 46 (pictured), has been convicted of creating a public nuisance after his inappropriate behavior in October

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced on Friday that Joseph Adam Moore, 46 (pictured), has been convicted of creating a public nuisance after his inappropriate behavior in October

Moore - a convicted pedophile - held signs that read 'Meth for Stolen Items' and 'Free Fentanyl 4 New Users' while standing outside of the $11,700-a-year school

Moore – a convicted pedophile – held signs that read ‘Meth for Stolen Items’ and ‘Free Fentanyl 4 New Users’ while standing outside of the $11,700-a-year school 

‘This verdict sends a clear message that Mr. Moore’s conduct will not be condoned in San Francisco,’ Jenkins said. ‘While we remain a compassionate city, we must protect our children.’ 

‘This verdict recognizes that his conduct impacted a whole community,’ Assistant District Attorney Rachel Schneider said after prosecuting the case.

The pedophile remains in custody and his sentencing is scheduled to take place on December 27.

Moore could face up to six months in jail for charges relating to creating a public nuisance and he could also face probation revocation in a separate case.

He has been arrested five times since 2007 for failing to notify authorities of his address as a sex offender every 30 days.

According to a Santa Cruz Sentinel article from 1997, Moore was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Santa Clara County before being released from custody and then having sex with a 15-year-old in Santa Cruz.

Speaking to ABC7 in October, Moore insisted that the sign was not a ruse – and he was actively handing out the killer drug.

Moore told the outlet, ‘It’s not a joke’ and said he would pass on the drugs that other people gave him in exchange for supplies he provides.

He also told ABC7: ‘So they bring me trash that they’ve scavenged, things that they think are valuable, or they give me some of the drugs that they have, which I don’t do.

‘I only live by two rules: be kind to others and make it look easy for children.’

Moore is not considered a ‘high-risk’ offender so he does not have to stay 2,000 feet away from a school.

Moore (pictured) could face up to six months in jail for charges relating to creating a public nuisance and he could also face probation revocation in a separate case

Moore (pictured) could face up to six months in jail for charges relating to creating a public nuisance and he could also face probation revocation in a separate case

The convicted pedophile had set up camp outside Stella Maris Academy, a school for children aged two through 13

The convicted pedophile had set up camp outside Stella Maris Academy, a school for children aged two through 13

Evidence presented in trial shows that Moore piled his belongings on San Francisco's Ninth Avenue, blocking the sidewalk and e-bike access, on October 19 and 20

Evidence presented in trial shows that Moore piled his belongings on San Francisco’s Ninth Avenue, blocking the sidewalk and e-bike access, on October 19 and 20

Neighbor Jon Chintanaroad told the outlet: ‘My wife walks our baby around by herself. I always kind of want to be there because you never know.

‘And it just sucks to always kind of have that sense of like, extra vigilance. In a neighborhood that’s supposed to be quiet and residential.’

Peter Marlow, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said of the display in October: ”We don’t want anything of that nature anywhere near our schools, but we want to be able to work with law enforcement to establish the guidelines.’

Marlow said that police had visited Moore’s camp multiple times.

‘I noticed this person is well-established there. They disappeared about a month ago, and now they’ve shown up again,’ Marlow told the Standard.

‘I had seen him for the past year before he disappeared, but now he’s back. I don’t know about these signs about fentanyl and all of this.’

He added the school would be examining Moore’s claims he is selling drugs.

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