Registered sex offender running haunted house

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  1. Casshew

    Casshew Former Member

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    Police and child protection advocates say a registered sex offender should not operate a haunted house that attracts children.

    Some people near a Haunted House aren't concerned about the make-believe sights and frights inside. They're worried about the real man, who lives inside the house: a convicted sex offender.

    Ronald Cooley lives in Bobtown in Jackson County and is a convicted sex offender. He and his wife are running the haunted house, charging admission for adults - and children.

    Ronald Cooley the ex-offender said, "It's a shameful thing to hurt someone the way I hurt them."
    http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=4043057&nav=menu188_2
     
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  3. Details

    Details Former Member

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    If he really thought it was so shameful, he wouldn't put himself in temptation's way ever again. He sounds like he may be OK for right now - but next year, who knows - a little stress, an innocent child being friendly, and he could relapse.
     
  4. Hbgchick

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    Does anyone know what his offense was? NOT that any kind of sexual abuse of children is ok, but was it 30 years ago, or last week, or what? I have to believe in some kind of forgivness (maybe "forgiveness" isn't quite right) for people who do their time, don't re-offend, register, etc. If he makes it clear that parents MUST be with their children at all times on the flyers, and is up front about what he was/is, I guess I can't argue with him running the place, but I'd sure think twice about taking my kid there. I'd rather see him run an "adult only" haunted house - there are such things, I know.
     
  5. BillyGoatGruff

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    He was convicted of "enticing a child for indecent purposes" in 1997, which means trying to lure a child. The kids were girls, aged 14 & 7, according tor eports. He got out in 1999. As for running the place--he knows what his parole/probation stipulations are. And these ain't them. The only reason he;s not back in jail is because no kids happened to be there when the cops showed up.
     

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