Living near a sex offender, caught on high school campus
EAGLE POINT, Ore.-- Ever since Crystal Morton and her family moved into their home in Eagle Point, she has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"A child is irreplaceable and to have somebody so close that can just take a child is just nerve-racking," Morton said.
The day she moved in, a group of neighbors approached her, telling her about their neighbor, Glenn Walker. He is nationally registered as a sex offender. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Sex Offender Public Website, Walker pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree sexual assault of a child under 16. He was convicted on July 20th, 1992 in Waukesha County in Wisconsin. Currently, he resides in Eagle Point.
Morton's response to this information came as a natural reaction based on her past.
"It hit home personally for me because in 2004, when I was 15, I was taken away from sex crimes that was against me by my own biological father," Morton said.
She said just knowing he was so close bothered her, but then she thought about how close he was to the local schools and the neighborhood park.
"To me, it's bizarre how someone who's committed such graphic crimes to a child can even be within a walk to the park," Morton said.
Other neighbors said they have seen him at the park or too close to the neighborhood children. Morton witnessed it herself earlier this week, as she was picking up her 14-year-old at the high school.
"He was walking on campus, through campus, with children--and not just children--with minors and females walking around on-campus getting out of softball practice," Morton said.
She pulled out her cell phone and captured it all on-camera.
"I can't make out my mind for why a sex offender would choose to walk on-campus of a school when you know you're not supposed to be within 100 feet of a school or a park," Morton said.
The mother has taken matters into her own hands. Every Monday and Friday, she scans his picture and the information listed on the National Sex Offender Public Website. She posts it around the neighborhood, although, she said they always get taken down. She has been doing that since she moved in, for about seven months now.
News10 spoke with other neighbors, but they did not want their names to be mentioned. They said they are aware of their neighbor, and have called police several times about concerns. Eagle Point Police Department said if you ever have concerns, give the agency a call.
In the city of Eagle Point, there are four men registered through Oregon's Sex Offender Inquiry System. If you are concerned about whether you live near a sex offender, you can check online by clicking here.