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Oct 26, 2010 10:30 PM by Ariel Wesler

Wandering sex offender concerns local community

A Santa Maria sex offender released in August no longer has a permanent place to stay and that's not sitting well with locals. Nathan Kennison, 41, was found guilty of rape and forced oral sex with multiple women. He served about 20 years in prison before being released. With no permanent address, he's left wandering the community.

Nathan Kennison of Santa Maria has no place to go, but folks around town say they don't want him anywhere near them or their kids.

"I am just so against that. That's not ok," said Norma Oseguera.

Kennison used to live on South Scott Drive, but had to move because he was within 2,000 feet of a school. That's not allowed under Jessica's Law. So, for now, Kennison told police he plans to spend the night at various locations throughout Santa Maria in his R.V.

"He is allowed to stay at designated areas that offer appropriate sewage hook ups and disposal sites," said Sgt. Terry Flaa with the Santa Maria Police Department.

but RV parks and campgrounds in the area who say not so fast.

"I probably wouldn't allow him to stay. I would feel uncomfortable personally and for our guests, said Patricia Rodriguez," Manager of Santa Maria Pines RV Park.

Police are tracking Kennison with a G.P.S device and warn residents to stay away from him.

"We're releasing this information for public safety purposes only and we do not condone any type of retaliation against him," Flaa said.

The Santa Maria Police Department says of the nearly 200 registered sex offenders living in Santa Maria neighborhoods, about 20 have no permanent address, meaning evening they can live in a different part of town, and one of them could be close to you.

I'm going to spread it among the neighbors, let the neighbors know, because of the children being around," Oseguera said.

Under his parole, Kennison must stay 100 yards from schools, parks, or any other place where kids are likely to hang out. As a transient sex offender, he must also check in with Santa Maria police every 30 days.

Kennison is driving a 1987 Bound R.V. with California License Plate Number 2FPT704.


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