School Bus Stop Located Near Sex Offender's Home

5:17 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) - UPDATE:   Arlington County Schools Spokesperson Linda Erdos says this bus stop has now been moved.   She took issue with WUSA9's story calling it a 'cheap shot' because the child sex offender does not live that close to the bus stop, but a number of  homes away.  

WUSA9 reported Monday that the offender lived down the street,  from the bus stop.   He lives six homes away from the stop.

On Monday, mom Susan Holt told WUSA that she felt the school's transportation department ignored her request to move the bus stop.   She says she  filed a complaint with her daughter's principal at Gunston Middle School on Monday, September 17th.  That's the day she found out that her daughter's late bus would be stopping near the home of registered child sex offender.

The offender on S. Oakland Street.   The bus stop was at S. Oakland and 22nd Streets in South Arlington County.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has found that the time frame for most child abductions is in the after school hours when children are often on their own.

With those concerns and more in mind, Holt took action.   She says she notified the principal and filed a complaint with the school's transportation department. Yet, she says they refused to change it and woman she spoke with at the department did not seem to take her concerns seriously.

"She hung on me!"

A spokesman for Arlington County Schools said Monday that they did not ignore the request and 'are working on it.'  Frank Bellavue said the stop would be moved.  When asked when, he said, "Today."

Many states, including Virginia, have proximity laws which make it illegal for a registered sex offender to live close to a school of daycare. But Virginia's law took effect in 2006, which means it only pertains to those criminals who committed their crimes that year or after. The sex offender who lives on S. Oakland Street pleaded guilty and was convicted of attempted child sex abuse in 2000. happened in 1997, he told WUSA9.

The offender agreed to talk to WUSA9 if we would not use his name. He spent 5 years in prison and been out for eight years. He says he works two maintenance jobs and is trying to move on with his life. He says he only pleaded guilty because his attorney told him to; he now regrets it.


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