BROOKLYN, Ind. (WSH) - A convicted child molester living in Brooklyn, Indiana has beentold he has less than 30 days to move.
Dennis Waltz was found living too close to the local elementaryschool. The situation has sparked controversy in the Morgan Countycommunity.
"I'm not a theat to anybody in this state," Waltz said.
Waltz is a convicted sex offender and the center of acontroversy in Brooklyn. He lives with his sister and her husband,Reverend Frank Sams. But the home is within 900 feet of theBrooklyn Elementary School and state law says he has to be at least1000 feet away.
Waltz is violating the law.
"One hundred and forty-two feet, the law is the law, if we're inviolation of course we have to do something about it and we will.We're already checking into it," Rev. Sams said.
But Reverend Sams, who is also the Town Board President, saysthe uproar is uncalled for, "Definitely a witch hunt.|
Waltz was convicted of Class C felony child molesting inMontgomery County in 1997. He was released from jail in 1999 afterserving one year.
"This happened one time, over 11 years ago and it was not aviolent attack," Rev. Sams said.
But residents in Brooklyn feel the law is the law and DennisWaltz needs to go.
"He still broke the law and the law states that he has to be athousand feet away and it doesnt matter who he is," Brooklynresident Brandon Hofmann said.
"The child molester is the same whether he is 28 or 128. Hestill has the same feelings and urges and thoughts going thrpughhis head. Yeh, Jesus may forget and we're all very grateful forthat but the mothers of Brooklyn don't forget," Brooklyn residentJanie Bain said.
Law enforcement officers are monitoring the situation and willbe checking to see if he leaves within 30 days. If not, they say hewill have a new home, in the Morgan County Jail.
The controversy is expected to be addressed at a town hallmeeting on Thursday. That meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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