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Live 5 Investigates: Legal loophole allows sex offenders to live near schools

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A Live 5 News investigation found a legal loophole that allows offenders to live within feet of a school without breaking the law.

Blair Lord watched my investigation that revealed there is no law to stop convicted sex offenders from living near school bus stops.

Then she called to tell us a registered sex offender lives right next door to College Park Middle School, which some of her kids attend.

 "It makes it a little scary for us, having young kids in the neighborhood with someone that close to a school,” Lord said

Under a state law that went into effect on Valentine's Day 2011, convicted sex offenders are not allowed to live less than 1,000 feet from a school, playground or licensed daycare.

Any sex offender who lived near a school before that date was grandfathered in.

That means the law doesn't apply to them as long as they stay at their current address.

It also means the sex offender who lives on the other side of the fence from College Park Middle can stay there.

"Something about it is not right and he literally lives inches from the school property off College Park Road,” Lord said. "When I told friends that have children that go to College Park Middle School, they didn't know that there was a sex offender living right next to the school and they were very surprised and very shocked that was even allowed."

Lord says even though authorities can't make the sex offender move, she has no plans to move from her home.

"I actually take all my children to school and pick them up because I know he's there."

We need to point out that the sex offender who lives next to College Park Middle was placed on the registry in 1995.

The offense listed on the sex offender registry says he "committed or attempted a lewd act on a child under 16".

According to court records he has not committed any other serious crimes since then.

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