Sex offender treatment clinic backs out of neighborhood meeting

By Carla Castano, KOIN News, April 29, 2013

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This map appears on a site called the Plaza 125 Sex Offender Clinic Awareness Blog.

A counseling clinic that already relocated once because of neighborhood concerns is getting backlash from residents in its new location and called the police over a few issues.

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Whole Systems Clinic and Consultation recently moved to 125th and Stark in Southeast Portland, but critics worry it’s too close to several schools in the area. Tensions have gotten so high police are now involved.

What appears to be BB gun holes are visible in the windows of the clinic that primarily serves convicted sex offenders. They moved out of a Sellwood neighborhood earlier this year.

But neighbors said they weren’t notified until after the clinic opened its doors on Stark.

“I worry for the children at the bus stop,” neighbor Chris Piekarski told KOIN 6 News.

Area residents understand counseling for sex offenders is a necessary service, but they don’t want it near their neighborhood or schools.

Residents in Southeast Portland at 125th and Stark scheduled a neighborhood forum to discuss the sex offender counseling clinic locating in the area,

Clinic employees, who said they’ve been harassed and threatened by neighbors, called Portland police in the past week. That’s why they’ve backed out of a Tuesday night community forum, though a mediator will attend along with neighbors, police and county officials.