The police need to start telling the community, he has a right to be there, and they need to leave them alone, or move. And any harassment, needs to be stopped and the person responsible, needs to be arrested. See the video below, or at the site above.
Not in my backyard- is the feeling some people in Marietta, Lancaster County have towards sex offenders. Community members are expected to protest outside of a home where three sex offenders have been living for the past month.
CBS 21 News sat down with one of the offenders who says he needs a place to live.
“If you give me a release date, don't cry when I get out,” says convicted sex offender Richard Owen, speaking to community members in Marietta, who want him out. “I have a right to be here, I’m allowed to be here and I’m gonna stay.
Owen tells CBS 21 news people are expected to protest outside his home Saturday. He lives in the home, owned by former state legislature Tom Armstrong, with two other convicted sex offenders.
“They're my neighbors. We're not here to harm anyone. We want to be peacemakers,” says Armstrong.
The three offenders were living in a faith-based home in Conestoga, also owned by Armstrong. Many believe community backlash in that town forced them out. But Armstrong claims Marietta is a better location for the men since it’s easier to get to work.
Now, in Marietta, Armstrong has two battles to fight- one against new community members looking to shun the offenders, the second against a town zoning commission, which says it's illegal for four unrelated men to be living together.
A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at the Marietta Community House to discuss the zoning issues.