RIVERHEAD - A cluster of homeless convicted sex offenders has been removed from trailers in two communities out east and is being spread among shelters across Suffolk County.

The 26 offenders were living out of two trailers in Riverhead and Westhampton. For six years, the trailers housed convicted rapists, sexual predators and child abusers.

The removal comes as part of the new Community Protection Act and will be done by the end of the weekend. In addition to being separated, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced today that the county will more closely monitor the more than 1,000 sex offenders living here.

As News 12 has reported, eight registered Suffolk County sex offenders were returned to jail yesterday for failing to update addresses and pictures with the New York State Sex Offender Registry. Two sex offenders have filed suit over the Community Protection Act, claiming it violates their civil rights.