Sex Offenders Ordered To Move Away From School

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Parents are on alert after their child's elementary school notified them a sex offender is living just a few hundred feet from the school.

The letters went home to parents of Par Excellence academy students in Newark.

Par Excellence Academy is located at 96 Maholm Street in Newark.  Across the street and just a few houses down is 123 Maholm Street.  Two sex offenders registered the home as their address.

"I am shocked. I am thinking about we've got to do," said parent Andy Sirisukha.

That was Sirisukha's reaction when he got a letter from the school. His three children are students. It explained the sex offenders were found living less than the allowed 1,000 feet away. Authorities had been contacted and the eviction process has started.

Sirisukha is a citizen on patrol. He already watches out in the neighborhood. Since the news broke, he observed something else at house number 123.

"He came out on the front porch, sit and look at the kids walk by, look at what's going on at the school," said Sirisukha.

Sirisukha doesn't personally know either of the men. One has registered at a new address but the other is still listed as living at the Maholm Street home.

No one answered the door when 10TV knocked. We wanted to ask, how could this happen?  Here's what Sirisukha was told when he contacted the Licking County Sheriff's Office.

"They say that they didn't know that 96 Maholm is a school," said Sirisukha.

Our calls to the sheriff's office weren't returned, but we had plenty of conversations with neighbors.

"Sometimes we'd let them play in the front yard but after we heard this, no," said parent Brandon Stuller.

It's a neighborhood effort to make sure the men move out.

"We have to do what we have to do for our kids, not only my kids, everybody else around here to be safe," said Sirisukha.

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