Sex offenders moving from one motel to another in the Shoals has us asking the hard questions to the state.
WAAY 31's Breken Terry was in Sheffield where she discovered private businesses don't have to tell you anything when it comes to sex offenders living in a motel.
Breken Terry: I am here on north Jackson Highway, where I started looking into the Regal Inn after 2 registered sex offenders moved here from the Four Way Inn. After doing some digging, I uncovered a total of 5 sex offenders now live in this motel.
WAAY 31 went to the local parole office and asked why registered sex offenders are allowed to live in places designated as hotels or motels. Officers told us they have the same question and started asking it years ago. The local parole office told us a family with kids can rent out the room right next to any of these sex offenders without ever knowing. Police and deputies told us private businesses are not responsible for disclosing that sex offenders are living at a motel, despite the danger it could put kids in. For people who work near the inn, they tell us they'd like to see some laws changed on this issue.
Jeremy Cravens: "It's not a very transparent situation. You don't know if there is going to be a family staying next to them. I understand these people have to live somewhere but I don't think we do enough to notify that they're out there and where they are for kids that pass by."
At this time if you go over the Alabama Law Enforcement Agencies website it will only say four people are calling this inn home. That's because they haven't updated their website yet.
We asked them how long it normally takes to update their website. And they said they'd get back to us. We also called the state parole office to ask why sex offenders can live at motels. They haven't called us back ether. Live in Sheffield, Breken Terry WAAY 31 news.