INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - As we investigated the bus stop attack of an IPS student Thursday, we discovered another problem that has neighbors worried: Convicted sex offenders living close to school bus stops.
A 15-year-old student at Arsenal Tech says she was attacked while waiting for a school bus, spreading serious concern in the neighborhood where it happened: 800 Pleasant Run Parkway South.
"We got to go. I can't have my child around this," Jamie Carlisle said.
This incident it turns out, is just the latest worry for parents who say the area has had convicted sex offenders living near school bus stops.
"There's a bus stop on Napoleon, a bus stop on the corner of Barth and the one right here at Legrand where there's two," Ashley Sprunger, a parent, told 24 Hour News 8.
A check of the Indiana Sex Offender registry showed three convicted offenders in the area of the bus stop attack. There is no evidence that a sex offender had anything to do with Thursday's attack.
Indiana law doesn't restrict how close a convicted sex offender can live to a school bus stop.
"I thought that there was ... they had to be so many feet away but, no," Sprunger said.
The law does forbid those convicted of a sexual offense against a child, or a sexually violent predator from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park or daycare. But those restrictions don't apply to people convicted of other sex crimes.
School districts told 24 Hour News 8 they will move bus stops if parents complain, but say sometimes moving the stop away from one offender only puts them closer to another.
But Ashley Sprunger said, "If there are pedophiles keep them away from the bus stops. You know, don't let them live near them. It's just crazy."
Indiana law has to change before that will happen.
If you want to know whether there are convicted sexual offenders living in your neighborhood, just go to the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry.
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