Family Wants Bus Stop Moved Because Of Sex Offender

Jan. 31, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM)  -- A Columbus family contacted News Leader 9, after learning their child's bus stops right in front of a registered sex offender's home. The parents want the bus stop moved.

The family's concerns started after they learned a registered sex offender was not only living on their street, but right at the school bus stop intersection.

The parents say they wanted law enforcement to step in.

But last November, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned a law that restricted how close sex offenders can live to places children gather.

"It basically took us from stringent requirements to no requirements at all. There's nothing for us to enforce, with regard to distance requirements," said Major Joe McCrea, from Muscogee County Sheriff's Dept.

Since there is no sex offender law dealing with distance requirements, Major McCrea says the sheriff's office no longer needs to contact the school district regarding bus stop locations.

"There's nothing we can do and I can certainly understand the concern the parents have, but what they need to do is make sure everyone in the area is aware of this situation, and they need to be on the lookout," he said.

A Muscogee County school spokesperson says that a school employee will surf the web at least twice a month, checking sex offenders addresses.

In this case, school officials weren't aware a sex offender lives so close to the bus stop.

Officials say they will now investigate the circumstances.