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Neighborhood holds meeting about sex offenders

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Residents in East Austin met this morning with police after nine registered sex offenders recently relocated to their neighborhood.
District representatives with APD answered questions from members of the Windsor Park Neighborhood Association.
This comes after people in the neighborhood received cards from the state notifying them that sex offenders were now living just down the street.

FOX 7 told you last week the offenders were moved from a halfway house in Houston. They moved into Burke's Supervised Living Center on Wheless Lane.

Residents asked about how the facility works and asked police about any past problems. The director of Burke's tells FOX 7 the facility has been opened for 30 years. She says while some of the residents are labeled violent they haven't given her any issues.

Police say some of the residents wear ankle monitors, they are supervised 24-7 and not allowed to leave the property. The president of the Windsor Park Neighborhood association says some residents feel powerless and he wants answers from the state.
"It's easy to say we don't want any sex offenders in our neighborhood and the reality is that they have to live somewhere and these houses that exist are providing a service contracted through the state," said Martin Luecke.

Lueke plans to write state lawmakers. State Senator Kirk Watson says his office is looking at the situation and how to address it with other lawmakers.

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