Community Reacts To Sex Offender Charges


Outrage over a convicted sex offender arrested again.

"Another predator victimizes a child -- just anger," said Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan, A Hand To Hold Co-Founder.

Child advocate Patlan is frustrated after hearing how Charles Hardymartin, a registered sex offender, was accused of sexually assaulting a five year old girl.

Channel 6 initial report said he served a year and a half in prison, we've learned that's on top of time served in jail. Tallied up he served 2 and a half years.

He was let out early for good behavior on a four to five year sentence.

"Sex offenders that soft laws are letting out, I am furious," said Hardymartin.

Nebraska state patrol handles registered sex offenders. They said Hardymartin wasn't updating his living situation consistently.

"He has been on and off compliance since the fall of 2011," said Lt. John Shelton, Nebraska State Patrol.

It's a felony to be non-compliant.

Currently in Nebraska there are 4302 registered sex offenders. Out of that 4,302, five to seven percent of them are non-compliant. That means about 215 registered sex offenders aren't cooperating with the law.

Many of those people aren't being tracked down. Often it just means an extra charge.

"Parents in Omaha, parents in Nebraska, grandparents need to be writing their senators saying we need stricter laws," said Patlan.


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