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A child molester we'll call “Jack” spoke openly toI-Team 8 about his experience following his release from prison in2008.
"No one is brought up looking to be or wanting to be a childmolester or a rapist," said “Jack”.
But that's what “Jack” is.
He molested 15 children as a church youth director in northernIndiana. After he got out of prison, returning to northern Indianawas not in his best interest. “Jack” had no place togo, the quandary faced by so many newly-released sex offenders.
So the Indiana Department of Correction did as they often do incases like his. They got him a hotel room and picked up the tab.Housing sex offenders is a source of revenue for hotel owners, asource they're often reluctant to acknowledge.
But I-Team 8 confirmed 15 sex offenders are staying at theAlways Inn at 21st and Shadeland in Indianapolis.
A snapshot of surrounding states reveals that, while Indiana andMichigan provide housing for newly released sex offenders, Kentuckyand Illinois do not.
Julie Walburn, spokesperson for the Ohio Department ofCorrection, says she doesn't know if her state puts newly-releasedsex offenders in hotels, but I-Team 8 could find no evidence thatit does.
However, Ohio does have a non-profit group called The ExitProgram that provides group housing for newly-releasedoffenders.
Department of Correction leaders in every state admit findinghousing for newly released sex offenders is challenging.
Adam Deming is the Director of the Indiana Sex OffenderManagement and Monitoring program. He says while hotels do notprovide the ideal environment, "our goal is to annually decreasethe number of sexual offenders that return to the community thatend up committing new crimes."
He says the program does that by requiring sex offenders to takeregular polygraph tests and attend group therapy. And he saysproviding assistance to help them transition from prison to thecommunity is critical.
“Jack” insists the program works.
"My inner thoughts change through the counseling through trulyunderstanding the damage that I caused," he said.
But he acknowledges that assuring that he doesn't re-offend is alifelong journey.
"I am not exempt from going back into that lifestyle choice ofvictimizing innocent kids," said “Jack”.
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