Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Why is there a child molester living ....(location removed)?
Dont kids play (near there).... isnt it a little silly to let a rapist SLEEP in the same area that children are bound to play?
Is this legal?
Dear Juneau Resident,
JPD would need a name to be able to tell if a certain sex offender is living at a particular place and if the person is or is not in compliance with sex offender registration. We wouldn't want to publish that information without verification. I will try to address the legal question you posed.
Sex offenders may have restrictions about not living in the same house children, not being alone in a private place with children, and possibly staying away from places like schools. It would be unlikely a court would tell a sex offender that he or she cannot live in the same area where kids play because that could apply almost all housing.
Most of us have at least one sex offender living in our neighborhood. You can check your neighborhood at the Alaska Department of Public Safety website. You can also report non-compliant offenders at that site. Even if you don't see a sex offender living near you, those folks move around during daily activities just like everyone else and some even violate conditions put on them by the court.
It is best to be on guard that a sex offender could approach your child anywhere. It could be the store, the playground, school, camp, church... Really, no place is guaranteed safe. What law enforcement advises is that children need to be supervised by trusted adults. If someone approaches a child the caretaking adult needs to pop up and monitor that interaction immediately. I don't let any adult talk to my goddaughters without my hearing and seeing what is going on.