Rumors of potential mayhem and death to proposed residents for a ministry-planned home for supposed homeless people surround the possible establishment of the facility near Crafton, Texas—an unincorporated rural town in Wise County. The fire-fueling heated words burn within community residents who believe sexual offenders will reside in the home, north of Chico.
“I’ve talked to a lot people about this,” said an unnamed source who is a resident of the community. “I hear it’s going to house sexual offenders. If they put it out there…they won’t be safe.”
The source admitted that with all of the “rednecks” in the area, it was a definite possibility that the future residents become victims of “target practice” or torture because “no one” in the community wants them alive—much less in their “hometowns.”
The area policed by the Wise County Sheriff’s Department is approximately 30 minutes away from the nearest law enforcement office, possibly hindering officials’ response times to potential hazardous situations, if they do actually arise.
Many residents have said they do not have anything against the ministry; however, they don’t want “[those people] in their neighborhoods, either.”
“I know you’re not supposed to hate,” added the unnamed source, “but if I hate anything…it’s someone who would sexually abuse a child.”
Convicted sexual offenders must register with law enforcement agencies as part of the stipulations for release. Three convicted sexual offenders estimated to live in the future home are currently registered with the Wise County Sheriff’s Department. For more information on registered sexual offenders in Wise County, log on to www.wisecounty .com, then click on the sheriff’s department link.