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Tool Helps Parents See if Sex Offenders Are Along Kids' Routes
DAYTON -- On the way to school could your child be walking by the doors of sex offenders? Even in the suburbs the answer is 'yes'.
There are more than a thousand sex offenders who live in Montgomery County.
Kettering mom Gerrity Bowling says her ten year old is not allowed to walk the three blocks to school.
"It's a really great neighborhood. I feel really safe but I don't want him walking alone because you cant trust nobody nowadays," Bowling confided.
Bowling was not surprised to hear there are 12 sex offenders within a two mile radius to her son's school.
"It doesn't surprise me whatsoever. Sex offenders are getting worse and worse, you hear about them more and more. It's the scariest thing for your child," Bowling added. "You don't know where they live. You have to get on the computer and find out where they live."
And that's all it takes. A quick search on the Ohio Sex Offender Registry revealed twelve offenders within two miles of Kettering's Southdale Elementary as well.
In Centerville, there are eleven offenders living within 2 miles of Stingley Elementary. Eight near Weller.
Ten within two miles of Driscoll. One of those, less than 600 feet from the school's front doors
Dana Mark Bales says staying informed keeps him confident.
"The Sheriff does a really good job of keeping the neighborhood informed when there is someone we need to be cautious about," Centerville Grandpa Dana Mark Bales said Wednesday.
There is a law that prevents offenders from living within a thousand feet of a school, but those convicted before July 2003 are exempt.
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