Loophole lets sex offenders live near Salem school

Sex offenders may be able to legally reside near schools through a temporary housing loophole.

Neighbors are concerned sex offenders are living too close to a Salem school. January 16, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Neighbors are concerned sex offenders are living too close to a Salem school. January 16, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Some Salem residents are concerned that sex offenders living in a neighborhood transitional house are too close to a Salem school.

Neighbors told KOIN 6 they haven’t had any problems with the residents of the transitional house, but they think it’s wrong to have sex offenders living so close to families with young children.

The facility temporarily houses drug, alcohol and sex offenders who have served their time. It is just a couple blocks away from The Oregon School for the Deaf, a K-12 school where kids live on campus.

The Union Gospel Mission, which operates the house, said the location is approved by the county through a loophole.

Sex offenders who have served their time can live in transitional housing because it is not subject to permanent resident requirements, Union Gospel Mission said.

State officials are currently investigating the issue.

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