PHENIX CITY, Ala. -The state of Alabama has a Community Notification Law that requires law enforcement to notify neighbors within 5 business days when a convicted sex offender moves close by. Shanna Solano, mother of two, said she and other neighbors didn’t receive a notification from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office that a convicted sex offender was moving into their neighborhood.
The law requires that every household within 1,500 feet be notified if a convicted sex offender is moving into the area. Solano lives about 300 feet away from Robert Allen who was convicted in 2011 of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl in.
“As a parent we should not have to worry about our children and have to keep that eye on them while they’re out here playing 24/7. I can’t even walk in the house for just moment and come back out because I’m terrified something is going to happen to my children,” Solano said.
Under Alabama law, residents don’t have to be notified if the sex offender was convicted before 1996, convicted out of the state, or lived in the neighborhood before being convicted.
Under the Community Notification Law, the flyers notifying people living within a certain distance of a sex offender are a minimum requirement. Law enforcement can make the information more widespread.
News 3 reached out the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, but the sheriff was not available for comment.