Convicted rapist moves in near school without breaking law; neighbors and school leaders express concern

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Residents in one Toledo neighborhood were recently notified a convicted rapist moved in a few houses down from a school, legally. Now one neighbor and school leaders are speaking out, hoping he will move out.

Jonessa Disbrow told 13abc she's a sexual assault survivor. That traumatic experience is what sparked her passion for speaking out now after hearing a convicted rapist just moved in to her neighborhood.

"It just stirs up feelings of the past and that's not, you know, and I don't want it to happen to anyone else," said Jonessa Disbrow.

Jonessa and other neighbors within a 1,200 foot radius got a notice in the mail.

"I was just appalled," said Jonessa Disbrow.

58-year-old Charles Napier is listed as a sexual predator. That's the most severe type of sex offender. The Lucas County Sheriff's Office reports he raped a 16-year-old girl in August 1999 and committed aggravated sexual battery in August 2000. Both offenses were in Tennessee and he served 8 years in prison.

Jonessa's concern is Napier's proximity to L. Hollingworth School for the Talented and Gifted. The head of the school says many of the charter students walk to class and the offender's home is a little over 500 feet away on Jay Street.

"Too much temptation to re-violate," said Disbrow.

The head of the school, T.C. Franklin, released this statement to 13abc:

"Recently, it was brought to our attention that a registered sex offender had moved in close proximity to our school. This is of grave concern as we look at continuing to provide a safe and secure school environment for our 340 students. Our concerns were shared with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, as well as East Toledo City Councilman Peter Ujvagi’s office to seek additional support and clarification. We anticipate receiving further information regarding this matter. Greg Radwan, the L. Hollingworth School Dean of Student Climate, can assure parents that LHS maintains its high standards when it comes to safety and security. We frequently communicate with parents and students throughout the school year of areas of concern that affect their child. We will continue to uphold our strict protocols to ensure student safety and monitor this situation for additional updates."

13abc knocked on Napier's door. He called the incident a "drunken mistake" that happened a long time ago. He says he regrets what he did and just wants to move on with his life.

Simply put - nothing can legally be done to make him leave.

Regardless, Jonessa says she plans to sit on her neighbor's porch to warn neighborhood kids about the potential danger.

If you search the Lucas County Sheriff Office's website and type in the address for L. Hollingworth School, 12 sex offenders show up within a half mile radius. That's something the head of the school says he's extremely concerned about. He plans to discuss further with the Sheriff's Office to ensure student safety.