Do you know your neighbors? Many parents are finding out knowing their neighbors criminal history can be essential to keeping kids safe.
Katrina Bartley is a mom of three. She's constantly trying to make sure her kids stay happy and safe, so after she moved into a new house she decided she needed to check and see who was living around her.
"We were at work one day and I had saw a news clip the night before about a little girl and her neighbor molesting her and so I had suggested to my co-workers to check the registry list because I hadn't checked it since we moved into this house," she said.
She checked the registry for sex offenders in her neighborhood and found out there was one very close.
"I was nervous, so I told my boyfriend about it so that way he knew," she said. "Then I showed him his picture so that way if he saw him around the house or anything he would know."
The man she's talking about is 24-year-old Glenn Nickerson. While she kept an eye out, she says she never had any issues with Nickerson, that is until now.
"I got an email at 1 am this morning saying that he is no longer living at that address," she said. The reason? Nickerson is in jail, charged after he was found fondling himself and assaulting a woman at a nearby shopping center.
Some people in this neighborhood say they knew a sex offender lived near by, others didn't know. The difference was just a click away.
"I'm glad that I took the step to register to get a notification that something was wrong," Bartley said. Bartley hopes other parents will see this and do the same thing just in case.
Nickerson's criminal history includes a conviction of 3rd degree sexual assault and lewd conduct.