NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH) -- Concerns continue in Norwich where city officials met Friday morning to discuss the release of sex offenders into the city from a nearby treatment center.
The Mayor tells News 8 there is an update on the concerns about the sex offenders that were placed in the city. He says the three most serious or highest level offenders will be moved out. One of them lives right across the street from a park.
"I believe people should have a chance to become better people," said Andrea Brouillette, "who knows what happened in their past to get them to where they are."
An admirable attitude, but Brouillette isn't taking any chances when it comes to her grand niece and nephew. News 8 showed her a picture of the sex offender living across the street from 'Red' McKeon Occum Park and she recognized him right away.
"You wouldn't even know because if what I remember, he stands on the corner of the street over there," she said. "I always thought he was waiting for a bus and he's very well-dressed, I remember going by him. Tall man."
The offender is one of four living in Norwich after being released from the January Center: a sex offender treatment center in Montville. He was convicted on 14 counts of first-degree sexual assault.
"So if you're walking along the street and you see him up ahead you might think...I"m walking way across the other side of the street," Brouillette said. "Again again I"m not your judge and jury, and you will not touch what belongs to me."
The Department of Corrections tells News 8 its "Special Management Unit does an incredible job providing intense supervision in support of public safety," and has had to move some offenders for their safety.
"I wish they could do something to put them somewhere besides, anywhere, something, their only little island somewhere, just stay away from the kids," said Jarod Renfree.
In addition to safety the city is also looking into whether any zoning violations also occurred with the housing. The Mayor tells me at Friday morning's meeting the D.O.C and Connections, which runs the housing program, were both invited but did not come.
To check to see if there are any sex offenders living in your area, visit the CT Sex Offender Registry website.
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