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New Weapon in Tracking Sexual Predators

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Currently, there are more than 100 registered sex offenders that live in the Bryan-College Station area.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, roughly 36 are listed in College Station, and about 100 in Bryan.

However, DPS is rolling out a new weapon to help make playgrounds a safer place.

A lot has changed since mother Jennifer Moore was a child. "We only come to the parks we deem safe," Moore said.

Now that she has a couple of kids herself, keeping them out of harms way is her primary concern.

"I actually just recently looked on a website to see if there were any sex offenders in our neighborhood," Moore said. "That is surprising to see how many sex offenders live around us and in walking distance from our house, and parks, and schools."

Jennifer isn't alone.

"That's probably my biggest concern--coming out and being aware of who else is around," parent Shelley Tompkins said. "That's always a big worry."

DPS is now trying to help ease some parents concerns, by providing even more information about the offenders that could be living just around the corner.

Currently, people can search for sexual predators by name, city, zip code, and even mapping. But some new enhancements will tell parents where the offender works, their employer, and a complete history of where they've lived.

Locally, city websites also alert parents as to where registered sex offenders live. So we decided to show one parent how close they actually were.

"Whoa, is that in this area? That many? Whoa," Braulio Herrera said.

That's why some parents think the new sex predator information could make all the difference.

"I think it's good to know where they are, and it just makes me more confident as a parent to keep a close eye on my children," Moore said.

Tompkins added, "I think it's a parents right to know, a parent wants to keep their children."

DPS says the updated features on its website should be up and running in the near future. However, they don't have an exact timeline yet.

Many parents we talked to said the sooner that information is made available, the better.


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