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Registered intercourse offender resides in Lions Park

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Abel Zavala is listed as a Registered Sex Offender. He was convicted of sexual violence against a victim aged between 12 and 17 in 2015.

On the FDLE search page for sex offenders and predators, Zavala’s address is listed as Lions Park in Fort Myers. Zavala claims to live in a tent behind the basketball courts.

Families who live near the area said their children often go to school because they are so close to home. Two local schools are less than a 10-minute walk away.

The Lee County, Zavala Sheriff’s office making the area his new home is in violation of county bylaws, which is a criminal offense.

To arrest the ordinance, Zavala must be in the presence of law enforcement agencies.

LCSO’s Predator sex offender team has checked the park and has not found it yet.