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Niles parents say sex offenders too close to bus stop

NILES, Ohio - Some parents in Niles say the school district is putting their children at risk.

Some parents are upset saying the location of a bus stop at the corner of Mason Street and Cedar puts their kids at risk.

"We realized there are now five sex offenders at that immediate bus stop. When you look at their crimes, they're all against children. You've got girls walking over there, 12-years-old and 13- years-old," said Diane Zell a Niles grandmother.

The sex offenders at the corner of that bus stop include Sergio Monticco, Gregory Mort, and Kenneth Oliver who live in separate apartments. Across the street is Michael Hill, a registered child sex offender listed as living at 450 Mason Street. Two others Vernon Plant and David Rutter live in separate apartments down the street at 601 Mason Street. And Stephen Kapuchuck, who is listed as living at 148 South Cedar Avenue, also committed his crimes against a minor.

Niles Superintendent Mark Robinson tells 21 News he is aware there are 51 registered sex offenders living in NIles, adding the district tries to put bus stops in safe areas. "In that neighborhood it becomes nearly impossible, because almost every block has a sexual offender or two," Robinson said.

The parents we talked with say they would like the bus stop moved from the corner to the corner of Cedar and Fenton Street. They add there appear to be no se offenders on that corner.

The superintendent, who parents admit they did not notify, tells 21 News he'll work with the families to make that happen, emphasizing he has an open door policy. "We're willing to work in partnership with them to make sure their kids are safe, that's what we're here for, the kids are first and foremost," Robinson said.

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