Newschannel 6 is working to learn why a twice convicted sex offender was allowed back on the streets. Twenty-four-year-old Christopher Lee Pierce is behind bars right now facing a class two felony of sexual assault. He has a $25,000 bond.
A police affidavit shows Pierce sexually assaulted a girl on July 31, 2011. The victim stated that she did not consent to sex. She was sent to the hospital and a sexual assault exam was completed. On July 12, 2012 a lab report confirmed the DNA was that of Pierce. What's even more shocking is this isn't his first time to strike.
The police affidavit reports he has two prior convictions of sexual assault on a child and an elderly.
"They ought to get life or death or the other, preferably death," said James Burks a neighbor of Christopher Pierce.
For 25 years James Burks and his wife have lived on Falls Drive. A few houses down is that of Christopher Pierce.
"It bothers me a lot and in fact I've reloaded a few guns," said Burks.
James Burks recalls having at least three offenders live on his street and questions how someone with a repeat history is able to go back to their home instead of a jail cell.
"Those folks have an opportunity to refine their MO's and get better at what they're doing and silencing their victims," said Keri Goins, Executive Director of Patsy's House a Children's Advocacy Center.
She says sex offenders who strike once nearly always strike again.
The police report shows Pierce has two prior sexual assault convictions. Newschannel 6 was only able to find one. In 2005 he was convicted of sexually assaulting an 86-year-old woman. He served 3.8 years and went free.
The Wichita County District Attorneys office is not commenting on the most recent case because it is still pending. Officials there do say they take these cases very seriously and even noted several instances where sex offenders got life sentences like Bobby Fitzgerald Lewis who was sentenced in May.
"Seeing the pain these victims have to live through by seeing offenders out in the public and feeling threatened by them again it's really overwhelming for them," said Goins.
For those who see the ongoing struggle of a victim, putting an offender behind bars and keeping them there is the only solution.
As to why pierce has been let free before we still do not know that answer but we will be following his case very closely. To see a previous report where Pierce was noted click here.