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Convicted Teen Still On Campus With Victim

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Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day is asking for a change when it comes to juveniles who are convicted of sex crimes.
"There have been some cases where children under the age of 18 have been convicted of a sexual crime and school officials weren't notified," says Mayor Day.
Brandi Damron's son was 8 years old when he was molested by a 13 year old student. The crime took place off campus. The suspect was found guilty on November 15, 2011.
However, the two students attend school on the same campus. One attends Thomasville Elementary, while the other student attends Thomasville High, just feet apart from one another.
"A grown up sex offender is not allowed to live so far from a school, but yet because you're juvenile and they still have the rights to their education, they're still allowed to walk the halls with our kids. If they have victims in those schools they should at least make them go to a district where the victims are not at," says Damron.
Alabama law states:
Notification that the juvenile criminal sex offender will be establishing his or her residence will be given to the principal of the school he or she will attend after release.
The principal at the school was never notified, though.
"There have been no violations on school campus. In addition, we have not received any official court orders. To date, the Thomasville City School system has not received judge orders for any student found guilty of molestation in any incident," says Superintendent Vic Adkison.
"I think at best case the juvenile authorities should be able to contact the schools, especially if that child is still in school here, so that we're aware about it and we know about it. This is not a private school issue or a public school issue. It's an all-school issue," says Mayor Day.
Clarke County District Attorney Spencer Walker knows this case well. He can't comment on specifics, but he agrees that there's a gap in the law and something has to change.
"I think there's a safety concern there and there should be less confidential laws in place when it comes to something like this," said Walker.
"My concern is will my son ever have to bump into this guy? whether it be on the sidewalk, a car-rider line, getting on or off a bus, what would happen if he was to see this child?," asked the mother.
Several lawmakers say they will work to have the law changed.
News 5 will continue to follow this story and bring you any updates made available.
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