Sex Offender's New Location Raises Concerns

Updated: 07/16/2014 7:07 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 7:05 PM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee

(ABC 6 News) -- There are more than two dozen sex offenders living in southeast Minnesota. One of those offenders, who recently moved, is drawing concern from his new community.

Paul Berg is a level three sex offender who this week moved to Austin from Albert Lea. His new address is near Mary Mcniff who is both a grandmother and daycare provider, “and I just wondered how are we going to keep the kids safe and with the daycare, it’s not only my own children or my grandchildren but the kids I take care of,” Mcniff said.

Mcniff currently cares for eleven children and some parents have already voiced concerns, “I’ve already had one mother already say, 'my daughter will not be outside, my daughter and son will not be outside without you,'” Mcniff said.

Some believe that sex offenders should not be allowed within a certain distance of daycares, schools or other places where children are present. But unlike other states, “ there is no distance law in the state of Minnesota,” says Austin Chief of Police, Brian Krueger.

And while the media did report on Berg’s move, Mcniff wishes a town-hall style meeting was held.

“I have so many people that are willing to go, ready to go and if they had a meeting tonight, if they had a meeting tomorrow night they would be there for it," he said.

With or without a meeting, Mcniff will keep a watchful eye on the children she cares for and stress Stranger Danger.