ROWLETT (CBSDFW.COM) – A Rowlett couple fear for their safety after police mistakenly listed their address as belonging to a sex offender.
The Texas Department of Public Safety sent postcards to neighbors within four blocks of the house on Kirby Road, alerting them a “high risk” offender, Garon Hedric, lives there.
“It’s been a nightmare, and I want it to be over,” said Michelle Swindle.
She and her partner, Ashli Sanders, say they’re now being harassed by strangers driving by their home.
“People that just yell stuff outside the window, like ‘evil people’ or ‘sex offender’,” said Sanders.
Hedric, they learned, lived at the house years ago, before they ever moved in.
Rowlett police say he called last month to tell them he was moving back, prompting them to change the address on file.
“This is a first for Rowlett, for a sex offender to provide wrong information, false information,’ said department spokesperson, Det. Cruz Hernandez.
State records, though, indicate Rowlett has had the wrong address listed, since as far back as June of last year. When asked about the discrepancy, Hernandez denied the address had been on record prior to June of this year.
According to police, Hedric’s recent re-classification as “high risk” triggered the postcards to go out. The family says all it wants is a correction.
Rowlett police say they’re looking at how to better ensure sex offenders live where they claim to.
Hedric’s correct address is now listed online.
Police say DPS will send out postcards correcting the mistake but that the city will have to pay for it.
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