Sex offenders forced from one county to another

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 at Six o'clock, June 15, 2007.

Burke Co., GA---Georgia's tough sex offender laws are putting many on the move and what was once one county's problem is being pushed out to another.

Willie Binnicker moved out of the Augusta area 15 years ago and into a more a rural one in Burke County. "I wanted a little more peace and quiet," he said. He found that serenity on Del Rio Road in Hephzibah. "I like to have a few acres and not feel like I'm on top of anyone," said Binnicker. But that silence was broken when he learned about his new neighbor's past. "I'm upset about it because we keep three grandkids here everday," he said. That's because Robert Paul Chambers, a registered sex offender convicted of indecent acts on children under 16, now lives just a few doors down from where his grandchildren play. "It's news to us, my grandkids like to ride their bikes but that's gonna stop.

The Burke County Sheriff's Office says Chambers isn't the only one. Seven other registered sex offenders moved out of Richmond County and headed for their jurisdiction all because of the new sex offender laws that requires them to be at least 1000 feet from where children congregate. In a county with 834 square miles of open land, a simple solution for sex offenders is a mess for the sheriff's office. "It's bringing the problems to us," said Sgt. Annette Hodge. Before the law was passed last year, the county only had 32 registered sex offenders and now they've shot up to 54 and she says the numbers are only going to grow," said Hodge.

The sheriff's office says the way the numbers are climbing now, they're going to have to increase their staff just to keep up.


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  • by Patty Tovin Location: Florida on Jul 26, 2007 at 05:31 PM
    It is a known fact that they can not be cured. They should not be allowed to live in our neighborhoods. All sex offenders need to be in a mental institution because obviously they are not sane. WHO DOES THIS TO A CHILD?
  • by Chris Location: N. Augusta on Jul 11, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    Posted by: Damn Yank Location: NY I like the leper colony idea. Ill give you one better, castration! And put them on estrogen, that should square away any sexual desires they might have.

    In response to this posting, I'd just like to ask what you'll tell the young men of the army who were recently charged after meeting minors at the bar... The young girls are being called heroins, and brave soldiers are no on this list of "a false sence of security"... Sex offenders have cars. Sex offenders are not in it for the sex, but the control(real ones, not the soldiers that have been totally hosed here) And somehow your ideas seem to remind me of Nazi Germany, yet with a southern bit of racism for added flavor

  • by Damn Yank Location: NY on Jun 20, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    I like the leper colony idea. Ill give you one better, castration! And put them on estrogen, that should square away any sexual desires they might have.
  • by Suzanne Reeves Location: Waynesboro, GA on Jun 16, 2007 at 03:44 PM
    I personally am not happy that sex offenders are moving into our city and county therefore putting a black eye on what was once a quiet, safe county---only to be the sex offender capital of the state of Georgia! Personally I think people who have been proven to be pedifiles (sex offenders toward children) need to be put in a place like the leper colonies. God help parents of small children who have to worry whether or not their children are safe. And don't think that they won't do those acts again---that is sticking your head in quicksand and being stupid. Thank you.
  • by Julia Location: az on Jun 16, 2007 at 12:20 PM
    Modern day witch hunt
  • by john Location: Smyrna, Georgia on Jun 16, 2007 at 09:20 AM
    If you truly think this is wrong call your law makers and make them change the law back to the way it was before. Do not just sit around and cry about it call them and wright them letters. They actually think you want these stupid laws.
  • by frank Location: alpharetta on Jun 15, 2007 at 08:17 PM
    These laws were passed as a feel good measure, they don't work. A sex offender can go to a park, church,school,or any other place they want as long as they don't live near one. They can drive up to any of these places,this s a mess now because the lawmakers didn't think this through. By the way recidivism among sex offenders is the lowest of any offense. Check the statistics at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm#recidivism.
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