Parents of McMahon Elementary School students in Holyoke said that they have concerns after a Level 3 sex offender reportedly took photos of their children on Monday, April 30.
The school didn’t notify parents until yesterday with a letter and that has many upset
Police said that over a week ago, a Level 3 sex offender from Westfield was on the grassy area taking photos of students during the fifth and sixth grade recess.
Parents we spoke with said that they should have been notified the day of the incident and have been demanding the name of the offender, which police didn’t share until this afternoon.
Lee Shoup said that he wanted answers as the parent of a student at McMahon.
"I'm very angry right now as a father of a 12 year old daughter. Knowing this guy could have taken photos, I am beyond upset," Shoup noted.
A week ago Monday, a level three sex offender who lives in Westfield was spotted by students and staff during fifth and sixth grade recess taking photos with his cell phone on a grassy area across from the front door of the school.
"She was out there. She spotted him taking pictures of the kids in the yard," Shoup said.
Parents were notified a week later with a letter. Shoup said that that is far too late.
"We did not get notice until Monday afternoon," Shoup said.
Holyoke Police told Western Mass News that: "Although not charged with any crimes, and out of an abundance of caution, Investigators have determined that “Richard A. Mahue”, age 45, of Notre Dame Street, Westfield, MA – was identified as being in that area by a Holyoke Police Officer two days later."
Albert went on to say Mahue was warned not to go on school property or he will be trespassing.
The state’s Sex Offender Registry Board told Western Mass News that Mahue was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or older back in 2009.
This as Shoup said that he would like the school to hold some kind of an assembly to share information and talk to kids in general about their safety:
"I want to see something more done than 'Oh just stay away,'" Shoup noted.
For more information on the Mass. Sex Offender Registry Board, you can CLICK HERE.
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