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Sex Offenders Living Near Parks
DAYTON -- Predators looking to prey on your kids may be living a lot closer to your family than you ever imagined!
Right now sex offenders can't live within a thousand feet of a school or daycare. But you may be shocked to learn those offenders can live right next to a park where children play.
If you thought sending your kids to the park to play is safe, you may want to think twice. Many Miami Valley parks are surrounded by sex offenders living just a stone's throw away from the swing set.
"Watch your kids because you never know who's across the street," said grandmother, Bonnie Bird.
Bonnie Bird used to take her grandkids to a Walnut Hills this park all the time, until she found out. There was a man convicted of a sex crime against a child living across the street, able to watch her grandkids play.
"It's very unsettling that the kids can't even go outside in their own neighborhood without that right across the street from them," Bird said.
And it's not just the park in Bird's neighborhood that has sex offenders living nearby.
We wanted to find out just how many sex offenders live in Sandalwood Park in Dayton so we typed in the address to the sex offender registry and found 23 live within a quarter mile.
"If they can't be by a school why would you put them by a park where kids come to a lot as well," said mom, Sheena Jackson.
"They're allowed to live there and as long as they're not bothering anyone. There's nothing anyone can do about it," Bird said.
But Bird wants to do something about it and she's asking for your help to petition lawmakers to strengthen sex offender laws. Right now they have to live more than a thousand feet away from schools and daycares. Bird wants to add public parks to that list.
"It's about keeping the kids safe. It ain't about those people. It's about getting those people away from our children that's the bottomline," Bird said.
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