Sex Offender House Getting National Attention

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

We brought you a controversial story this week about a house being set up in Lexington that would be home to convicted sex offenders and allow them to get back on their feet.

Many people have spoken out against the home including a national organization that says its concerned for the people who live nearby and is trying to stop the home from opening.

The organization is Snap, the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests. The group says the move is, "a reckless, deceitful move by a discredited institution that we fear will put other children at risk."

The institution the group is referring to is the Catholic Action Center, which is sponsoring the home where it plans to move sex offenders into as early as this weekend.

The co-founder of the center, Ginny Ramsey, says none of the men is a repeat offender and each has served their time.

The men will be monitored by a live-in supervisor who will track their progress.

The Catholic Action Center will be holding an informational meeting this Saturday for residents who live near the home on Detroit Avenue.

They hope to answer any questions people might have and provide a better understanding of who will be moving into their neighborhood.

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  • by Mike Location: LV on Feb 22, 2009 at 05:43 PM
    I'm sure that the next step will to be to provide central housing for all sex offenders regardless of circumstances. Wouldn't that make everyone feel better to put them in their own communities that we can call 'ghettos' and keep them walled in until we get the concentration camp openned for business. Be careful what you wish for and who you blindly hate to what extent--history can show you where it leads.
  • by Rick Springer Location: Chicago, Il on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    I would ask Ginny Ramsey of the Catholic Action Center if any effort has been made to provide a "second chance" to the victims of these perpetators.
  • by Mary Location: Jacksonville, FL on Jan 22, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    A standing ovation for The Catholic Action Center. The Sex Offendr Registry and Laws need to be reformed based on the ridiculous laws being passd in classifying someon as Sex Offender. This "hysteria" over intellignce on this issue is getting to be utterly ridiculous. The greater majority of "child molesters" are family connected, check the statistics. Preventing someone from living within a certain perimenter has not proven to keep anyone safer. The majority of the laws enabling States the authority to brand someone a "sex offender" is a form of Nazism at work by politicians wanting to use this issue for election purposes.
  • by Greg Poch Location: Florida on Jan 21, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    I think its great that someone is finally understanding that most SOs are not child molesters. These people (most of them) are tied into a system that does not support the truth and refuse to tell the truth to the civil pollution that most of those on the SOR have families and loved ones and forwhatever reason, are grouped together with those individuals that did sexually assualt children. We must educate the public for their safety about the truth of these unconstitutional laws and what effect they have on the SOs and their families. Its amazing how swiftley the media is in reporting the BAD BAD stuff, yet doing nothing to help those that are falsely labeled Predators. We must portect our children from those that desire to hurt them - like drug dealers at schools - no list for them; or people who murdered for no reason. Where is there list. The public is no safer today then they were yesterday - without educating the public we have put them in danger not SOs
  • by Gail Location: ky on Jan 20, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    Well said Tim and Lisa. Think for a second about who are labeled sex offenders. An 18 year old sleeps with a 16 year old. Parents don't like him so they press charges. 18 year old is convicted and labeled a sex offender. We're going to give this CHILD, and yes most 18 year olds are still children, the death penalty? Some people hear the words sex offender and automatically think serial rapist. I agree that sexual PREDATORS should be kept away from society but not the kids who make bad choices and have to pay for the rest of their lives with that label over their heads.
  • by amused Location: ky on Jan 20, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    You people should read a little more. While I thing it is disgusting for people to do something to a child, you also have to remember that some are labled a sex offender just because one is 19 and the other is 17. I saw on tv where a gentlemen was consider a sex offender because he was 19 at the time and his girlfriend was 17. Her parents filed the charges and there was nothing the girl could say because she was underage. So you should listened and see if that is the case here. If it is some older person who rapes a young child, then yeah, I say let them rot in prison. But if they are a person who just happen to have a younger girlfriend or boyfriend, then they probably aren't repeat offenders.
  • by lisa Location: seky on Jan 19, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    Tim spoke the truth,the biggest percentage of these sexual crimes happens within ones family or close friend.Instead of worrying about these people living in the neighborhood,maybe you should worry about having family and friends over for dinner.Sometimes it happens right under your nose and you don't find it out until years later.Then it is to late.My point is don't stick your nose to far out in the neighborhood and be blindsided to what could happen right in your own house.Worry about your guest not your neighbors.
  • by Kathy the Match Location: Lexington on Jan 19, 2009 at 12:18 AM
    Someone should put an AD about the place in ARSONIST Magazine. Kathy the Match
  • by mom Location: Eastern Kentucky on Jan 18, 2009 at 08:59 PM
    For the one that said they should get treatment in prison. They do get treatment then go threw treatment when they get out of prison. I don't agree with sex offenders but they are cases out their that you are labled one for simple things that can't be proved or change for diffrent reasons. And sex offenders has familys too. Some are adult children and some are not, so I think extra treatment then in this house will also have someone else watching them I think is great. Might keep them on the stright path. The lord is the only one that should judge people. If he forgives should you?
  • by janice Location: hazard on Jan 17, 2009 at 03:23 PM
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