Neighbors Save 7 Children Found Living in Home With Sex Offender

They say it takes a village to raise a child -- and sometimes it takes a village to nab a sex offender. Shawn David Hayes, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2002 for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, was found in a house living with seven kids -- and it's thanks to persistent neighbors that he was smoked out. Hayes had reportedly disappeared off the radar screen three years ago and hadn't registered in Pasadena, Texas, as a sex offender. So no one knew he was actually living with several children, including at least one that was his own. Thankfully, eagle-eyed neighbors caught on to his suspicious behavior.

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Neighbors said they had a feeling that the home's resident was up to no good, that there were cars coming and going at all hours. "There was stop and go traffic like Christmastime at the mall," a neighbor told KHOU.

Through a mobile phone app called iWatchHarrisCounty, neighbors began policing the home's activities. The police ended up putting the home under surveillance.

Eventually, authorities were able to get enough evidence to raid the house. There, they allegedly found guns, surveillance cameras, and drugs. Oh, and seven children. One report says one of the children was his, but it's unclear where the rest of the children came from, which is very, very scary.

Interesting idea, this app. In this case, neighbors really came to the rescue of these children. But I could also see it being a tool for nosy neighbors to over-report ridiculous nonsense. Still, better to be on the safe side and let cops figure out what is worth investigating and what isn't.

Thankfully, these neighbors didn't turn a blind eye to what they saw. Now someone needs to figure out how these kids got with this man! So far, it's unclear what will happen to them.

Have you ever reported a neighbor for anything?


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