2007_03_crosshairs.jpgAlarming news to start the workweek: The Daily News exclusively reports that the authorities are looking for "64 fugitive rapists, perverts and molesters" who have lied about where they live.

Many of the sex offenders gave home addresses at city housing projects. But federal law prohibits Level 2 and Level 3 offenders from living in public housing, so the feds went to evict some offenders - only to find out they were never living there. Well, we're glad the feds found out at some point that the sex offenders are missing, but this seems to give more ammo to the new plan to aggressively monitor sex offenders.

In the meantime, Department of Housing and Urban Development assistant special agent Frank Castrogiovanni says HUD is working with the NYPD to locate the offenders. He tells the News that if a sex offender doesn't give his correct address, it's a misdemeanor; if he gives a fake address a second time, then it's a felony. City Councilman Eric Gioia, who has been working with the feds, says, "These people have already committed some of the worst crimes known to man, and this should be a one-strike-and-you're-out policy."