I don’t understand why Aliahna and the other children in that trailer park were allowed to live there in the first place, or that the registered sex offenders were able to reside there when children were living there.
Shouldn’t there be a law that prohibits sex offenders of children to live within a certain number of feet from children? They aren’t allowed to live near schools or playgrounds, so why not expand that law to include living near any child.
Why not keep sex offenders all in the same community, and with the restriction of no children being allowed to live in that community?
Just a note; the writer of the article below said Plumadore was not an offender. He was not a registered sex offender. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t sexually abused or raped children, including his murder victim, Aliahna.
“Laws that restrict where convicted sex offenders can live have driven them to cluster in roadside motels or trailer parks, criminologists and corrections officials say.
The creation of such sex offender enclaves has come to light in the wake of the killing of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon a few days before Christmas in Indiana.
The suspect was not an offender himself but lived in the Northway trailer park, where sex offenders in Fort Wayne had clustered. Prosecutors say Michael Plumadore, 39, repeatedly hit Aliahna in the head with a brick before dismembering her with a hacksaw.
Plumadore, who had been entrusted with Aliahna’s care while her mother recovered from the flu, pleaded not guilty last week. Aliahna’s mother had moved her family to the trailer park to care for her ailing father, a convicted child molester.
Some cities, including Riverside, Calif., and San Bernardino, Calif., have passed or are considering new laws that break up the clusters because of concerns they have become magnets for crime.
Experts who study the issue say the new laws may make problems worse by forcing sex offenders into homelessness or isolating them from social services and jobs.
“The larger the buffer zone and the more densely populated the area is, the more difficult it is for them to find housing,” said Jill Levenson, an associate professor of psychology at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., who specializes in sex crime policy.
A study in Orange County, Fla., found 99% of residential housing is off-limits to sex offenders, she said.
“It’s a real quandary,” Levenson said. Clustering laws that bar sex offenders from living together narrow the options even more. “Where do we think these people are going to go?”
Most states have laws that require sex offenders to register in their communities so neighbors can be notified. The regulations are known as Megan’s Laws after 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender who lived across the street.
Many of the laws prohibit sex offenders who have harmed children or are considered predators from living near schools, parks, playgrounds and child care centers.
San Bernardino Councilwoman Wendy McCammack said she was shocked to learn a motel in her city was home to 52 convicted offenders, including 26 sex offenders. Forty-three more sex offenders lived nearby. “What if you’re an out-of-towner and you stop at this motel? Is this a safe surrounding for you to bring your family?” McCammack asked. ~USA TODAY”