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Two communities are on alert. Three men classified as sexually violent predators will be living in El Paso County. Authorities told neighbors Tuesday night who they are, and where they'll be
Residents sit on uncomfortable chairs, in an uncomfortable room to talk about an uncomfortable subject: crimes of the past, and what's next for the convicted criminals.
"Sure we're concerned,” said Colorado Springs resident Eric Abrams.
Abrams and his girlfriend, a young mother, will live blocks away from 39-year-old Christopher Brown. Brown is on parole after serving two years in prison, convicted of having sexual contact with a six-year-old girl.
"It's our community's job to get together and make sure every body's safe," Abrams said.
60-year-old Wesley Lemkuhl will also call Colorado Springs home. Lemkuhl had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl.
He's now a free man after nine years behind bars.
"We're starting to see those sentences come to an end and these people go on parole," said Colorado Springs Police Lt. Skip Arms.
Arms said an increase in number of meetings like these are more or less a matter of timing.
Sexually violent predators meet criteria laid out the state's books for ten years. As more offenders are released, communities must be told.
"Just the fact knowing someone's here as opposed to not knowing because they didn't take precautions," Arms said.
Abrams said, among neighbors, knowledge travels fast.
"Everybody needs to get involved and take care of their own."
Christopher Brown is confined to a wheelchair and will live at the Frontier Hotel at 4300 North Nevada Ave.
Wes Lemkuhl is currently living at the Chief Hotel on South Nevada Ave. He may also end up at the Frontier, but if he finds another place, police will hold another community meeting.
Another violent predator is moving to El Paso County.
Joseph Lautrop will be released from the Department of corrections next week, after serving time for third degree sexual assault.
He will be moving to 30250 Mid Jones Road.
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