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Residents upset over proposed sex offender treatment center

Residents upset over proposed sex offender treatment center



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Some Pleasant Grove residents plan to show up in full force to a city council meeting tonight to fight against a planned sex offender treatment home in their neighborhood.

Melissa McCoy has been busy getting together a picketing permit so she and her neighbors can make a statement at the Pleasant Grove City Council meeting. It's because a home purchased in her area could soon become a treatment home for teenage sex offenders. The home is in the area of 500 South and 300 East.

She says the neighborhood is full of young children, and it doesn't make sense to fill up a house there with teenage sex offenders. She says, "The one home, there's a teenage boy and two small children. On the other side, [there are] three small children, and she's expecting another one."

She adds, "You can't let the kids outside. I mean, I'm not expecting that these kids are gonna always try to escape and always trying to be reoffending, but they do reoffend."

Neighbors here thought the home was already turned down by the city planning commission, but the city's board of adjustments could reverse that. McCoy says, "We're not against this home. They just need to move the home."

So neighbors here are signing petitions and doing all they can to make sure their voices get heard by the city.

The meeting will be held at 86 E. 100 South and will begin at 7 p.m.

A decision by the board is expected on Oct. 16.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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