Would a Child Sex Offender Force You to Move? MomTalk
There's nothing neighborly about a guy with a dangerous past. But would the presence of a convicted child molester (or worse) make you think about selling your house?
When a registered child sex offender moved onto our street, neighbors gathered together to discuss everything they knew. Bus stops became places where parents would linger long after the bus had picked up their children to discuss everything from the color of his car (red) to why he would put a swing in his back yard.
Should they sell their homes and move to a "safer" neighborhood? Would he hand out Halloween candy? (By law he could not display Halloween decorations or offer candy and so far he's followed these rules.)
He has children, a wife, a nice house and a neighborhood of people who grow quiet when his car passes.
The idea of this man — who, according to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, had molested a 13 year-old child (he was 33 at the time) — living among them was terrifying. So much so that they considered giving up their own nice homes for safer pastures. Both of his next-door neighbors have moved.
But the fact is, the pastures aren't as verdant as one might hope. These offenders are everywhere. I scrolled the list of those living in our town and found 23 registered child sex offenders, 12 of them labeled sexual predators, and it made me wonder how many more secretly live among us. It's a scary thought and good reason to remain vigilant.
An old saying comes to mind every time I see this man pass, "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't."
If a registered child sex offender moved onto your street, would you consider selling your home? Would findings on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry influence your decision to purchase a new home?