Sex offender clinic getting heat from Portland neighborhood

Sex offender clinic getting heat from Portland neighborhood

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Posted on April 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 6 at 11:44 AM

PORTLAND -- A clinic that treats sex offenders was forced to move at the end of last year, but now there's a push to force it out of its new location.

Neighbors in Southeast Portland said Whole Systems Counseling and Consultation at 12672 Southeast Stark Street didn't properly notify the neighborhood when it moved from Sellwood and opened in late march.

One neighbor has already collected some signatures from those opposed to the clinic and she is looking into collecting more during the weekend.

“They need to move in an industrial area where there’s businesses, like down on Marine Drive where there’s businesses not children,” said one neighbor who wished to not be identified.

“I just don't think it's a good community safety position to hold facilities, staffing them in residential areas. It makes no sense to me,” said Bridget Sickon with the Portland Police Bureau.

KGW spoke with the clinic's owner, Johneen Manno, on Friday, and she said she has worked to notify neighbors and businesses and even held an open house.

She also sent KGW this statement: “Court-ordered treatment for sexual offenders that is accessible and integrated within the communities where they live is how our society has chosen to deal with the rampant problem of sexual abuse. We need to work together as a community to carry this out.”

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