Cleveland police were notified repeatedly about violence in the house of a convicted rapist where the decomposed bodies of six women were found last week, but did little about it a neighbor told the New York Times. The discovery of the bodies led some to question whether the methods of tracking convicted sex offenders were sufficient. “It's not clear what the answer is,” said Kristen Anderson of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Anderson said the Sowell case raised questions that were also raised in the case of Jaycee Dugard, the California girl who was kidnapped and held for 18 years. The man charged with kidnapping her, Phillip Garrido, was also a convicted sex offender. The police visited him regularly to confirm his whereabouts. “As a society, we're still debating where the acceptable line is between an offender's rights and privacy versus public safety,” Anderson said. Like Garrido, Sowell seemed to have followed all the reporting requirements.