WECT Investigates: Halfway house for sex offenders in Wilmington

WECT Investigates: Halfway house for sex offenders in Wilmington
State ends sex offender housing program one month after WECT investigation. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A halfway house for sex offenders, just released from prison. It's a reality in one neighborhood near downtown Wilmington, and residents we spoke to - many of whom had children - had no idea it was there.

In October, the state launched a pilot program to help hard-to-place sex offenders transition back into society after their release from prison. Wilmington is the only city with a facility participating in this program, and so far, the state has sent dozens of sex offenders from other parts of the state here, paying their room and board for two months to live at a nondescript halfway house just outside of downtown.

It's an arrangement that has caused concern for neighbors and the New Hanover County District Attorney.

"We understand that every community has an obligation to absorb its own citizens back, after someone's done their crime, they've done their time, it's time to welcome them back. But we don't want people coming in from other places," District Attorney Ben David said.

Watch WECT News at 11 Monday to find out how many of these offenders have made Wilmington their home after leaving the halfway house, and what happened to a state-funded facility like this in Charlotte when the public learned about it.

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