TUCSON – Some people are concerned because a man accused of sex crimes against young children lives in their small community.
He was 17 years old when he was arrested. He has been indicted on 8 felony charges including Attempted Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Conduct with a Minor. The 2 girls named in the case are under the age of 10.
He lives in the McGee Ranch community west of Sahuarita. The girls live down the street from him.
Bobby McGee said his daughter is scared to walk to the school bus in the morning.
“It’s terrible,” he said. “It's angering, and it's disgusting.”
In his initial court appearance, a judge released him from jail. He is not allowed to have contact with the girls in the case. He cannot go to their home. He is not allowed any unsupervised contact with children.
“I don't understand why the courts have allowed him to go back up into that community,” McGee said.
Prosecutors asked a judge to ban him from his family home near the girls.
In a motion, Deputy County Attorney Tracy Miller wrote, “Upon Defendant's release, it was the State's belief that he resided with a family friend who did not have any minors in the home and lived some distance from the victims. It has now been brought to the State's attention that defendant may be residing at his home."
The man’s defense attorney, Ralph Ellinwood, argued the Supreme Court was on his side, writing, “setting the release conditions must be an individualized determination imposing ‘the least onerous condition or conditions... that are reasonable and necessary to protect other persons or the community.’”
The judge in Tucson agreed with the defense and allowed the man to continue living at his family home.
His trial is scheduled to start July 10.