Police concerned with parolees housed at S. Indiana motels

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 11:22 PM

SEYMOUR, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Several motels off the Seymour exit of I-65 are home to parolees and some sex offenders. Many are placed at the Motel 6 by the Indiana Department of Corrections because of restrictions on where parolees can live.

“It’s a ticking time bomb,” Seymour Police Detective Troy Munson said.

Munson said he was concerned for the community and the people who pass through the area.

“They have their children with them and they're on vacation or what not, and they have no clue that there's a whole floor of violent offenders at that hotel,” said Munson.

Back in May, convicted sex offender Ralph Freeman, who was also living at the Motel 6, allegedly sexually assaulted a woman and robbed a bank.

Scott Bridgewater lives down the street from the Motel 6 and didn’t know parolees had been staying there.

“It scares me for my kids because a lot of times they come outside and play and a lot of time I’m not out here with them,” Bridgewater said.

“I’m not aware of anything, any laws or statutes, that requires them to broadcast that or to put that out there that they have offenders staying there at the hotel,” said Munson.

Police and the mayor are looking for a solution. They have discussed building a park near the motels because many offenders wouldn’t be able to live within 1,000 feet of it.


 

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