(KMOV) – A neighborhood is fighting back against their city after a registered sex offender moved onto their street, the same location where he is accused of committing his crimes.
Parents in the Royal Acres area in Des Peres are not going beyond city leaders to try change the law because taking no for an answer is not an option.
Battle lines were drawn where recently-released sex offender Macon Baker has moved back on to the same street where he was accused of committing the sex crime on. Attorneys and the St. Louis County Sex Offender Unit were on hand along with dozens of parents at a meeting with city aldermen.
Discouraged by the limited legal options, neighborhood leaders say they’re ready to take the law into their own hands.
“The sex offender laws in Missouri are pretty weak and a group of us is going to be taking some action to see if we can get those laws tightened up a little. That takes a long time,” said Janet Ryan, neighborhood spokesperson.
Since the meeting, a petition has been fired to have Baker declared a danger to public health under an existing nuisance law.
Des Peres Police have already been stepping up their patrols of the neighborhood and designated an officer to morning and afternoon bus stops.
“Parents are on high alert and we're working together we know who each other’s kids are and who belongs in our neighbor and maybe who doesn't,” said Ryan.
The Des Peres mayor, city aldermen and the city’s police chief all declined to comment on camera but said Baker is fully complying with the terms of his release by checking with the sex offender unit on a regular basis.