|Seffner Bus Stop|
By Ashley Glass
SEFFNER - "I do not feel safe, I don't feel safe for my kids," said a Seffner parent, who asked to remain nameless.
The parent is one in a growing number of parents in a Seffner neighborhood calling on the Hillsborough County School District to move their children's school bus stop because it butts up the yard of registered sex offender [name withheld].
[name withheld] was convicted of first degree sexual assault for a 2004 attack on a then 22-year-old Wisconsin woman. [name withheld] said, "I don't think they should be worried. I have a son of my own. My victim was an adult, and I just wish that neighbors would get to know me. I know they'd feel safe around me."
"He's too close. We just want the stop moved," said the concerned parents.
"The situation right now is that we think the bus stop is fine," said Hillsborough County Schools Spokesperson Steve Hegarty. He explained, by law, a sex offender or predator convicted of crimes against children can not live within 1,000 feet of a school or school bus stop, which is not the case as it relates to [name withheld].
"The policies need to be changed, if someone is on a registry for sex predator or offense, they don't need to have them at the bus stop," said a Seffner parent.
"It would be a constant case of moving bus stops and so it would be very difficult to do that," said Hegarty.
The school district confirmed for ABC Action News it's currently reviewing five cases involving sex offenders or predators in which a school bus stop may be moved before school starts August 20.