Fairfield man loses public housing for 2004 lewd conduct conviction

By From page A6 | June 18, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A man terminated from public housing because of a 2004 conviction for lewd conduct on a child lost his legal challenge in Solano County Superior Court to the termination.

Magid Mokatish of Fairfield received a fair hearing and evidence supports the finding by a hearing officer to end Mokatish’s participation in the Section 8 housing assistance he’d received since 1998, Solano County Superior Court Judge Michael Mattice ruled.

Mokatish and his family lived in a Fairfield home and Mokatish asked in 2013 for an accommodation that would allow him to move into a home his brother owned, according to court records.

The Fairfield Housing Authority in reviewing the request investigated Mokatish’s 2004 conviction and proposed terminating him from the housing program because of the criminal conviction that required Mokatish to register as a sex offender.

The housing authority said no one reported Moktaish’s absence from public housing during his eight-month incarceration. A family member said she’d phoned the housing authority about the conviction, but the agency said it had no record of being notified about the conviction.

Mattice in his June 10 decision upheld the hearing officer’s ruling.

“This is an extremely rare case,” attorney Toussaint Bailey, who represented the city of Fairfield, said of Mokatish’s challenge in court to being terminated from Section 8 housing. Along with the rarity of the legal challenge to termination, the case’s “circumstances are rare as well,” Bailey said.

Attorney Jill Sowards, with the Vallejo office of Legal Services of Northern California, represented Mokatish. Sowards could not be reached Monday for comment on the case.

Fairfield Councilwman John Mraz said people in public housing have to follow program requirements that include loss of the benefit if they break the law.

“I’ve told the city, you enforce it,” Mraz said. “Section 8 housing is a gift.”

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

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  • jdudeJune 17, 2014 - 6:14 pm

    per section 8 skylines you can only be terminated from a residence for a drug conviction or a violent crime. while I agree that this guy is a sicko and a scam this was not a violation of section 8 written guidelines so he was not kicked out because of that he was kicked out because he did not report his absence from the property which is a must for anything over 30 days

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  • Ulises GuberJune 17, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    Hey jdude, I think what he did to the child is a violent act I'm sure the child, the parents and all of society would agree.... this trash should never get any public assistance ever...

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  • JBDragonJune 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

    Rape of a child is a violent crime! Of course I think section 8 housing is a scam and should be done away with! To many people take advantage of these programs. Get a job! Get 2-3 jobs, whatever it takes.

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  • FairfielderJune 18, 2014 - 8:34 am

    I sure hope they do not actually allow section 8 recipients to live in homes owned by family. Not fair to allow Hud to pay off your brothers mortgage. Section 8 desperately needs to be over hauled. Everyone talks about welfare and free rides....section 8 is never ending- there is no time limit- as long a you are still low income they feds will continue to pay 90% of your rent forever...why get a job. And get this..if you do get a good job you can grandfather your voucher to your children once you make too much money. The section 8 list is not closed due to a lack of funding, it is closed due to people getting on and never getting off. Welfare has a time limit...why not section 8??? People get way more of a benefit with section 8 than they do with welfare??

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