Southbury residents adjust to life with sex offender

In any other year, the residents around Fox Run Drive would just be planning their annual Christmas caroling through the neighborhood.

But this year, along with holiday songs and luminaries, they’re keeping watch over a sex offender and contacting politicians about civil confinement.

“We all just want to protect our families,” Mina Campos said.

The neighborhood mobilized last month after the release of 54-year-old David Pollitt, who served more than 24 years in prison for raping five women and teenagers in the 1980s. Pollitt moved into 135 Fox Run Drive with his sister, Janice Rosengren; his brother-in-law, Greg; and their two daughters, 17 and 20.

Most neighbors don’t want him there. A group of about 70 people have organized nightly patrols, taken self-defense classes and formed committees with the goal of changing how the state handles sex offenders. Tonight, they plan to meet with Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, who is co-chairman of the legislature’s judiciary committee, which would handle bills dealing with sex offenders.

Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 6:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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