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Sex offender lives near children's park in Norwich

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

A convicted sex offender, who served his jail time and treatment at a special facility, was back on the streets of Norwich Friday night and neighbors told Eyewitness News they are angry.

Richard Sherbo, 63, was convicted of abducting and raping two school-aged children in Bridgeport in the early 1980s.

Sherbo was released in March and treated at the new sexual offender facility on the grounds of the Corrigan Radgowski Prison in Montville before the Connecticut Department of Corrections placed him in a Norwich apartment.

Sherbo, who is currently on a GPS tracking system, is on supervised parole, which was a decision made by the Board of Pardons and Parole, DOC officials told Eyewitness News. He also "under intense supervision provided by the Special Management Unit," DOC officials said.

"This individual will remain under supervision for his lifetime," said Karen Martucci, who is the acting director of External Affairs Division of the DOC, in a statement Friday.

When Eyewitness News visited Sherbo's home on Central Avenue, he was not home.

It's not the first time this has happened. Last month, two treated sex offenders were moved out of another family neighborhood in the Rose City.

Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom said they've been trying to sit down with the DOC to talk about notifying them where treated sex offenders are placed.

"I want an open public dialogue with them and I want it right away," Nystrom said. "Or I want the Governor to shut this program down, turn it over to program review and investigations."

Martucci said the DOC has reached out to the city of New London.

"The Mayor has refused to respond to our invitation to come together. This was after numerous verbal and written requests," Martucci said. "This lack of response is puzzling."

The problem is for neighbors told Eyewitness News they had no warning.

Christine Vaness said "absolutely not" feel comfortable living near Sherbo, which is also a family neighborhood with a park.

"I think that everybody deserves a second chance," Vaness said. "He should start a second chance where he originated."

However, Martucci said the DOC stands by the decision to place Sherbo in an apartment in Norwich.

"The Department of Correction maintains that we are appropriately placing individuals in the community," Martucci said. "We utilize over 1,000 statewide bed options to avoid the alternative of area homeless shelters."

Eyewitness News did some checking and the state sex offender registry site shows 11 convicted sex offenders in the 10 block area from Central Avenue.

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