Man Lives 1,700 Feet From Day Care
MARTINSVILLE - People who live along a rural road in Morgan County are trying to pressure a convicted child molester who recently moved to a home there to leave.
Residents have posted signs near the rented home of [name withheld], 67, and his wife in the 700 block of North Buffalo Road, west of Martinsville.
[name withheld] pleaded guilty in 2000 to molesting an 8-year-old girl. He was released in 2006, according to the Indiana Sex Offenders Registry, and is still on parole.
Legally, there is no reason he can't live in the home.
"We want him to go," said neighbor Rick Woods. "I've posted a 4-by-8 (foot) sign in my yard telling anyone who passes by that he lives there."
On the other side of the home [name withheld] lives in, a bright yellow sign is posted in the yard of Angel and Eric Honaker, who used to let their children play in the woods behind their home.
"I'm going to be keeping a close watch on them now," Angel Honaker said.
[name withheld]'s wife told 6News' Stacia Matthews that neighbors have nothing to fear.
"We're just old people trying to live in peace," she said. "We have no intention of leaving."
[name withheld] lives about 1,700 feet from a day care center, well outside the 1,000-foot restriction, but too close for comfort for some residents.
"We can't do anything about them. It's a fact," [name withheld] said. "I'm sorry the neighbors feel that badly against us. I guess they fear us."
Dawn Goss, owner of the day care center, said one family pulled their two children after learning of the sex offender nearby.
"He has every legal right to be there as much as I have to live here," Goss said. "There's nothing we can do. Our hands are tied."
[name withheld] said she and her husband like the home and might want to stay there permanently.
"(We're) not moving. The people renting it to us are great. We might even have a chance to buy it," she said.