‘Canterbury Cannibal’ living in Blair neighborhood

Published: Jan. 12, 2018 at 6:43 PM CST
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People living in a Blair neighborhood tell 6 News they are on high alert and parents are keeping a close eye on their children.

All of the concern is about the criminal past of a registered sex offender named Dale Bolinger.

He is known in the United Kingdom as the ‘Canterbury Cannibal.’

He is now staying at a house on Todd Drive in Blair.

“Of course keep an eye on your kids. Make sure that he’s not out by your house.” said one concerned mother

Bolinger hasn’t committed any crimes here and he has registered as a sex offender as legally required.

He was sentenced in 2014 for crimes by the Canterbury Crown Court that included cannibalistic themed child pornography.

According to British court documents from his 2014 sentencing Bolinger would digitally alter indecent images of girls and pose them with apples in their mouths on serving platters or inside ovens. A jury convicted Bolinger of making arrangements to meet a 14-year-old girl, have sex with her, kill her with an axe and then eat her.

6 News knocked on the door where Bollinger is staying. The man who answered didn't want to go on camera but he told reporter Don Granese that Bolinger is a friend of the family and they are hosting him until he can get back on his feet. The man insisted it is only for a short time.

Some families have been in touch with their own lawyers to consider any legal options they may have moving forward.

The Washington County Attorney and the sheriff’s office are aware of his presence and our sources tell us there will be more patrols in this area.

Bolinger has the right to stay here since he has served his time overseas.

A concerned father, who didn’t want to be identified, said this community is working to look out for their children.

“I just think, I hope everybody is diligent and make sure we communicate as a community because this has been a great neighborhood and hopefully we can figure a way to get through this,” he said.

Stay with WOWT 6 News for more on this developing story.