ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Nine sex offenders living on the same compound in Albuquerque has neighbors up in arms.
Residents of the complex, near 4th and Pacific in the Barelas Neighborhood, say they don’t feel safe in their own homes. “We’re afraid to come out here,” said Rob Marrejo.
There are nine sex offenders living either in the same complex or near it and neighbors said they were shocked to find out who lives right next door.
“To be complete honest, it makes me feel horrendous,” said Bryan Roderick.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, which monitors sex offenders in Albuquerque, said the community has been brought to its attention before.
“Our sex registration and tracking unit has been out there before and there is no illegal activity that’s taking place there,” said Sgt. Aaron Williamson of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
While they keep an eye out on the community, deputies said sex offenders living under the same roof is perfectly legal.
“Nobody is going to want to have a house like that in their community, but we haven’t really had a whole lot of problems with that community,” said Sgt. Williamson.
But neighbors said that hasn’t stopped them from fearing for their children’s safety.
“I don’t let my kids out the gate, no,” said Marrejo.
“They shouldn’t be all in one place,” said Roderick.
Residents are now speaking out, asking them to move somewhere else and far away from each other.
“If they have to find places to stay, separate it you know,” said Roderick.
Deputies said the people living there are registered and follow the law.