This is what happens when you have criminal records public, people will scrape the web site for the info, and eventually it will be old and out-dated, and some innocent person may get hurt. The registry needs to be taken offline and used by police only.
SAN ANTONIO - An address mess! A woman is frustrated and fighting to get her home off the sex offender registry.
Billie Postert knew her roommate had a criminal history but didn’t know he was a convicted sex offender. The situation created issues for Postert and she contacted News 4 San Antonio to get help.
- So why call the news? Did you contact the police first? Since it's not mentioned, we can only assume you did.
"Neighbors look at you crossed-eyed. Neighbors don't believe your story. Neighbors won't come over. Children can't play here," she emphasized.
Just before signing the lease, neighbors told her a registered sex offender rented a room in the same southeast side house.
That man moved out of town but Postert told us another pedophile was also renting.
- Was it really a pedophile, by definition, or your personal opinion?
Records show at least 83 known sex offenders live within a mile of her house.
"Everywhere you go in this area, people know there are sex offenders. I believe there are five of them total on this street. But to live in a house and share it with one of them is god-awful," she expressed.
Postert said the sex offender recently left—clearing out a room.
The woman also said he keeps returning to check the mailbox and hasn't given police an updated address.
- So if this is true, then apparently the person is in violation. Did you tell the police? Did you get video of the person so the police can handle it? Why do we have to ask these questions?
"It's not safe for children. It's not safe for my daughters when they come here."
According to SAPD, if a sex offender moves he must contact police seven days prior to list his new address.
If a move is unintended—meaning an arrest or eviction—the convicted felon must notify police within seven days after an incident.
Police tell us Postert can contact the Sex Offenders Registry Unit at SAPD and with proof that the offender has moved out, she can get her home off the registry for sex offenders.
- So apparently she hasn't done this and is just looking to stir up trouble for others?