Bus stop moved away from WA sex offenders

Bus stop moved away from WA sex offenders

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by KGW Staff

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Posted on January 31, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 7:09 PM

VANCOUVER -- Concerns over a group of nearby sex offenders spurred the residents of one Vancouver neighborhood to get a school bus stop moved.

Neighbors were concerned about more than a dozen registered sex offenders, living in the same block.

A low-income apartment complex is home to several Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders. Law enforcement agencies contend that at least the offenders are registered, and they are easy to check on when they’re concentrated in one location.

But they also understand the concerns that parents and residents have for the safety of neighborhood children.

“The sex offender thing bothers me horribly,” said Maplewood Association Chair Cyndi Powers. “I want to protect all those kids, and I’d just stand over them myself if I had to.”

Powers said she and others are working with their neighborhood police officers, and with local landlords, to find ways to limit potential problems.

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KGW Reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report.

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