OREGON CITY, Ore. — Many in Oregon are not happy that a sex offender treatment center was opened up near a school and a youth group in Oregon City.
Neighbors had no idea what was going inside a nearby office building until last weekend. The counseling center sits only one block from the Sellwood Montessori School and the Boys and Girls’ Club.
According to the company’s president, Whole Systems Counseling treats nearly 140 sex offenders. State records show that none of the clients have limitations of a distance from a school. The company president says she reached out to the neighborhood association and local businesses explaining, “We’re not trying to bring crime, we trying to prevent it.”
Many neighbors said they support sex offender treatment, they just don’t want it here, within feet of a school and in the heart of a well-established neighborhood.