Last week, Rose Hill city leaders agreed to put a school bus stop in front of the home of a convicted child sexual abuser.
But the mother of the little girl who was preyed upon by that man is speaking out to tell people in Rose Hill what a bad idea the city’s plan is.
Rose Hill Mayor Kyle Morgan told Channel 13 last week level three sex offender Joey Keen isn’t a danger to children.
“He’s low risk. It’s not like he did nothing major. I really don’t know what he did to put a judgment against him. You know, sometimes they get that for done little things,” Morgan told Channel 13.
But the mother we spoke to disagrees. Back in 1996, Keen was convicted of sexually abusing her daughter.
“It’s hard knowing what he did. He victimized a two year old little girl,” she said. “I was horrified. I couldn’t believe that he had done that to a little girl. And I know if he ever had the chance again he’d do it. I know he would.”
The woman, who we’re choosing not to identify, also says she later found out Keen abused her four-year-old son.
“Abused him so bad to the point where it was possible that he might not have had any eyesight in one of his eyes because of how bad he beat him. And later on too it came out that he also sexually assaulted my own son.”
Keen has a long, violent arrest record that includes assault, domestic assault and assaulting a police officer. The woman we spoke with can’t understand why the mayor of Rose Hill would consider this “nothing major.”
The mayor didn’t respond to our requests for an interview today but he did however leave plenty of comments for us on our website.
“Outsiders are not welcome here. Never have been. I’ve lived here my whole life. I know. News media don’t know (expletive) they need to stay in the big city with all their yuppie friends and keep liberalism there.”
And “News 13 annoyed me when that happens you get punkie answers because at that point that means I no longer like you and want to be around you. It’s like get out of my face puke yuppie.”
The victim’s mother says the people of Rose Hill should be afraid of Keen though.
“Don’t ever let your kids out of sight because you never know when he could come out that door.”
The superintendent of Oskaloosa schools says there is no way he will allow Rose Hill to put a bus stop in front of a convicted sex offender’s house.