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Could You Be Living Near a Sex Offender?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 27, 2014 @ 7:03PM
Created on February 27, 2014 @ 6:30PM

Whether you think about it or not, paroled sex offenders are out there, and they could be right in your backyard.

Something that has a lot of parents fired up is that sex offenders in our state have few restrictions on where they can live.

According to the state's sex offender registry, there are more than 3,500 registered sex offenders in the Mountain State, and believe it or not, there aren't a lot of rules on just how close one can live to you.

Paroled sex offenders in the Mountain State can't live within 1,000 feet of a school or childcare facility. Other than that, they pretty much have the free will to live wherever they want.

Some parents 5 News spoke with said it's something that bothers them.

"It worries me. I have a 16-year old daughter and don't want her safety compromised," said Cheryl Dort, a parent.

One mom said she checks the website quite frequently, she always double checks to make sure she doesn't live near a sex offender. She also looks to see if any of them are living near her daughter's school, a local park, or anywhere else where she could be in danger.

"I check it all the time. I have a little 6-year old daughter, and I always make sure there aren't any near her school, a park, or somewhere we should could be in danger," said Diana Geiger, a parent.

Besides the website, there's actually an app you can download on your smartphone called "Sex Offender Search" that has a list of all predators in the National Sex Offender Registry.

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