Paedophile in suburb alarms locals

Mahora residents have been told a paedophile living in a unit in the Hastings neighbourhood will eventually be moved out - although they believe another could move in.
One local, Aaron Bartlett, today said the man had been moved into one of two units he believed were used by the Corrections Department to ease people back into society. The department contacted residents to tell them he was being moved in.
Mr Bartlett said he was told the department was not legally obliged to tell residents, but the fact they had this time showed the man was regarded as a risk.
"Rehab is fine but not in this area," was Mr Bartlett's summation. "I want the whole thing shut down."
He said he and others had nothing against Corrections working to assist people back into society but he questioned the location when it came to paedophiles.
Such facilities needed to be in a secure area, away from schools.
"He's wearing a bracelet (home-detention anklet) but from where he is, he can be in a kiddies' playground in 20 seconds."
One resident is understood to be so upset he told others he would picket the property.
Schools and kindergartens in the immediate area had been contacted and assured the man was being managed. As well as the anklet, which activates an alarm if he tries to leave the property, the man is visited by probation officers daily and by police at weekends. However, that still did not sit well with residents, Mr Bartlett said.
"There's probably around 100 kids under 16 in this neighbourhood. What if some little kiddie is selling chocolates for their school or something and they knock on his door?"
A Corrections spokesperson said the placement was temporary until long-term accommodation was sorted out.

While the man had been through some rehabilitation he was still considered a high risk, so was being closely managed.
Mr Bartlett said: "If he moves out - another probably moves in."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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