Newschannel 6 is working for you, pressing for answers after a local home day care owner discovered that a registered sex offender is living near her home business. Sandy Cadena reached out to us on facebook. She says a man that lives adjacent to her just got out of prison for Indecency with a Child.
Newschannel 6 searched the Texas Department of Public Safety database and found the man had been convicted twice for crimes against children under the age of 6. The news disturbed her. "When I saw it, I was shocked and I was also shocked to find out that he has been there since he was released but he was not in the system he was not showing up," she said.
The man is too close for comfort. "I do not want him near me…my biggest concern is to keep these kinds of people away from where there are children," she said. "These are babies, these are children they are offending," said Cadena.
She says she contacted the Wichita Falls Police Department when she made the discovery. She says they were not much help. She also had to make a call to child care licensing officials. By law, they had to conduct an investigation into her facility. She worries that could hurt her business. "I discovered a monster in my neighborhood, I had to turn him into state licensing. There was an investigation in my day care and it makes me feel like I'm the criminal and I've done nothing wrong," she said.
The investigation becomes public record. Anyone can see there was a report, but they have to check into the matter to see what it was about. "That's like a black dot right there, even though there's no violations, no citations or anything, there's still that little spot there that says there was a report so that kind of affects my business because parents are like 'what did they call for?' then they have to call the state to find out," Cadena explained.
More than the potential loss of livelihood, the threat of something happening to a child has her terrified. Sandy knows all too well about predators. "I am a survivor; when I was 7 years old one of these monsters got a hold of me and for years it bothered me," she said. She lived with guilt about the attack for decades. "Now I know I'm a very good person and I do everything I can to keep these monsters away from my area," she said.
Cadena is taking special precautions to protect her family and children. Most of all, she wants answers as to why this offender is being allowed live there.
Newschannel 6 is working to get her answers, but has not had much luck. We requested twice Thursday to speak with WFPD Officers that handle sex offenders. Nobody from the WFPD has called with information.
Newschannel 6 also called the Wichita Falls City Attorney to see any possible loopholes in the city code that requires offenders to live more than 1000 feet away from day cares. That office says the language is perfectly clear. In part Sec. 78-150 says offenders:
"…may not negligently reside within 1,000 feet of a school, childcare facility, public or private youth center, or city park, as measures in a straight line from the nearest property line of the residence from the nearest property line of the school, childcare facility, public or private youth center, or city park."
If the offender violates the law, they face a class c misdemeanor and could face up to a $2,000 fine for every day they lived in proximity.
More than anything, Sandy Cadena wants the man gone. "He's invading me by being right behind me in the alley and I don't like them around me," she said.
Newschannel 6 has dug into the laws about sex offenders. We have complete coverage of the issue in the Newschannel 6 Exclusive section of this web site.
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