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San Francisco homeless man, a convicted pedophile, charged by DA

A man sits near the sidewalk.
Joseph Adam Moore sits on Ninth Avenue near Geary Boulevard on Monday. Moore was arrested at this location Friday, and the DA's office announced Thursday they will file criminal charges against Moore. | Source: Garrett Leahy/The Standard

San Francisco's District Attorney will file criminal charges against Joseph Adam Moore, a convicted pedophile who camped near a school with a "free fentanyl 4 new users" sign.

Moore will be charged with one misdemeanor count of creating a public nuisance and one misdemeanor count of battery, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins told The Standard.

Police confirmed Moore was arrested for battery after throwing liquid on someone before getting into an altercation with them on Oct. 19. A day later, Moore told The Standard he had been punched in the face by a parent from the Stella Maris Academy. Police then arrested him.

Stella Maris is a K-8 Catholic school directly across the street from Moore's campsite at Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard.

Joseph Adam Moore was arrested by police around 12:24 p.m. Friday after Moore refused to remove his belongings and leave the area by 12:15 p.m. | Source: Garrett Leahy/The Standard

"After careful review of the evidence, facts and relevant law, my office will be filing these charges against Mr. Moore for his alleged criminal conduct," Jenkins said in a statement. "I share the public’s frustration and concerns regarding Mr. Moore’s alleged conduct and will do everything in my power to ensure that we keep kids and families safe in our community."

Moore will be arraigned in court on Nov. 2, the DA's office said.

Signs reading "Meth for stolen items" and "free fentanyl 4 new users" sit atop Joseph Adam Moore's encampment on Ninth Avenue north of Geary Boulevard in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood.
Signs reading "meth for stolen items" and "free fentanyl 4 new users" sit atop Joseph Adam Moore's encampment on Ninth Avenue north of Geary Boulevard in San Francisco's Inner Richmond neighborhood. | Source: George Kelly/The Standard

Moore was released one day after his arrest and resumed camping near the school. He was seen early Thursday morning camped further away from the school, on Clement Street near Ninth Avenue.

California’s Megan’s Law website lists Moore as a San Francisco transient convicted of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age in 1997 and released from prison in 2002. San Francisco Superior Court documents show Moore has been arrested five times in the city since 2007 for allegedly failing to re-register his address as a sex offender every 30 days. 

A Santa Cruz Sentinel article from 1997 reports 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 behind a set of bathrooms on Seabright Beach.

Garrett Leahy can be reached at garrett@sfstandard.com