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02/07/07-Whitehouse

Sex Offender Couldn't Live Any Closer To Junior High Campus

For the past few weeks, we've been telling you about sex offenders -- most with crimes against children -- living very close to where our children walk and go to school. In Whitehouse, we found a sex offender who victimized a child. He couldn't be closer, unless he actually lived on campus. The school district and a city leader say they've done all they can.

"We're doing everything we can to make sure we're secure as we can without being a prison," says Whitehouse ISD's Executive Director of Student and Support Services Richard Peacock.

Whitehouse Junior High is a big campus. It was the main high school until recently. In the shadows of the stadium lights for friday night is a gate on Wildcat Drive. These gates are open before school and after school. Kids often use them to walk home. What they and their parents may not know is they are walking right past the home of a moderate risk sex offender.

Whitehouse Junior High at 108 Wildcat Drive. 31-year-old Douglas Dominguez is at 107.

"With this one who lives so close to us, it caught my attention," says Peacock. The district knew immediately when he moved in that Dominguez is a moderate risk offender, convicted in 1993 of indecency by sexual contact of a 13-year-old girl.

Parent Danica Turner says she discovered him, too.

"We found the registered sex offender over on Wildcat Drive, and so my daughter who goes to school here -- we've told her not to walk down that street at all," she said.

Former Whitehouse mayor and current city councilman Dale Moran says as a grandfather of 13, he is fighting mad.

"How can you let the fox camp on the doorstep of the chicken coop?" he asks.

"I think that society would demand that a person with that type of a record should have a little inconvenience for the protection of our children."

What he wants: a restriction that sex offenders can't live close to a school campus. He's not alone.

The school district's Richard Peacock: "My personal opinion is it's too close, and I think as a district we would support any type of legislation or any type of law that would prohibit sex offenders living close."

In Whitehouse, Dominguez and three other registered sex offenders live within a thousand feet of a campus. They are no longer on probation or parole, and can live where they want -- even next door.

"[We] just try to be aware of our surroundings. That's all we can do, that's what we tell our staff and our kids," Peacock says.

Councilman Moran says state law restricting offenders will have real enforcement power, instead of enacting a city ordinance. In fact, the Legislature may very well take up a residence restriction in the next several weeks.

We visited Dominguez's home twice Wednesday, but he was not there.

Morgan Palmer, Reporting morganpalmer@kltv.com

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