The so called "loophole" is called the CONSTITUTION, and apparently these idiotic people and "reporters" think we should side step the founding document(s) just so they can "feel" safe?
MONTGOMERY COUNTY - Schools are supposed to be a safe haven from sex offenders. State law prevents offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school or day care center. But a FOX 45/ABC 22 investigation found a huge loophole in the law.
- There is no law that will ever make schools or any other place 100% safe. If you think we can legislate the problem a way, you are living in another world. In recent years, other school kids have gone into schools and blasted a way with guns and killed many people, but do you see a registry for that?
In an effort to streamline transportation, Dayton Public Schools tightened eligibility requirements for busing. Thousands of additional students are walking to school for the first time.
"We don't let her walk," said Danielle Macky, "I don't care if she's with a group or not, she's not walking."
- So I take it you are not letting her be a kid and experience the world as it is. My, I am glad I grew up when I did, and not in today's fearful society!
That's because she knows her daughter would be walking by the front doors of hundreds of sex offenders.
- Well, if you'd actually investigate, you'd see that the reason there are so many in that area is because of the very laws being passed. Remove the residency restrictions and people will be free to live where they want to in the first place, not near you.
"I'm definitely going to keep her close to me," said Manday Lindal, "It makes me sick to my stomach knowing that. I did not know that at all."
- Once again proving that the registry is a waste of time and money. Only those who live in total fear check it daily. It's like a speed addict looking out the door constantly paranoid.
Manday's kids go to Ruskin on the east side. According to state records, 78 registered sex offenders live within a mile of the elementary school. Students must live more than a mile and a half from the school to be bused.
"They shouldn't be able to live that close to a school," Lindal continued. "Especially sex offenders with charges against children."
- Wrong, just like you, they should be able to live anywhere they please! If you don't like your neighbors, you can always move.
- And I'm sure you have some skeletons in your closet as well.
But these Ruskin parents are actually the lucky ones. E.J. Brown has 101 registered offenders living within a mile of the school. John Collins lives just 528 feet away from the elementary school's front door. He is one of hundreds of sex offenders in Montgomery County that do not have to follow the law.
"One of the reasons we chose to live across the street from a school is we didn't think we had to worry about things like that," said Aleicia Eisen, who lives next door to a sex offender.
"We get a lot of calls from people wondering why they're allowed to live there," said Sgt. Julie Stephens with the Montgomery Count Sheriff's Office. "And sadly I have to explain the loophole in the law to them."
- It's not a damn loophole. The Constitution guarantees people certain rights, and apparently you want to rid them of those rights? Well, then your rights should be eradicated as well.
- Yeah, that would be an unconstitutional ex post facto law. The Constitution forbids laws like that, so the Constitution, for what it's worth these days, is still breathing a little.
[name withheld] and his wife can live across the street from Wright Brothers Elementary. He's grandfathered into the law because he was convicted of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor three years before it was died. [name withheld]'s wife says they're living here because they took over a family member's lease.
"He's just like everybody else," said [name withheld], "We're so tired of people discriminating against him. It's ridiculous people say, 'Oh he's a sex offender, you better stay away from him,' and it's not like that. Not all sex offenders are bad."
Some disagree. George Ester, who's a grandparent of a student at Cleveland PreK-8 said that's ridiculous.
"There should be no grandfather rule for sex offenders," Ester said. "A sex offender is a sex offender."
- No, that is not true. And what would you say if the government came to you and said "sorry, you cannot live here, you have a criminal record, or we just don't want you here?"
The law was upgraded in 2007 to include preschools and day care centers. The initial law only specified "schools." That means convicted offenders who committed the crime after July 1, 2007, are restricted from living within 1,000 feet of those facilities. All other offenders are afforded a loophole.
- No, they are afforded their constitutional rights, period!
"There's not a whole lot of restrictions on sex offenders out there as much as people would believe there are," Sgt. Stephens continued.
"I'm in shock, it's sickening," added Manday Lindal, "It's not right. I don't think they should live that close to a school. It's not right. It's dangerous."
- Some may be dangerous, but not all, and if you do not like it, you are free to move!
Which is why Lindal is going home to look up sex offenders who live close to Ruskin. With more than 1,000 registered offenders in Montgomery County alone, the Sheriff's Office is hoping you do the same thing too.
- Once they look up the offenders, who are trying to get on with their lives, then what?