SAN ANTONIO -

A Northwest Side mom said she has been living in fear, spending much of the summer worrying about her kids walking to and from school with a registered sex offender living nearby.

A couple months ago, the mother -- who asked to be identified only as Lyla -- found out via the Department of Public Safety's website that the high-risk offender's victims ranged in age from 8 to 10, and were both male and female, similar to many of the kids who will be attending the newly built Kay Franklin Elementary School.

The Northwest Side school is opening its doors for the first time this month.

Parents in the area had been wondering whether the sex offender would have to move, even though he was living in the area before the school was built.

"If he was on parole or probation, by all means, he would have to leave by law," said Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman Louis Antu.

According to Antu, the sex offender is not on parole or probation, so he could have continued living in close proximity to the school.

In this case, he decided to move voluntarily, notifying Bexar County of his new location just last week.

His relocation came after weeks of parents calling on each other and other resources in the community.

"Sex offenders live amongst us, so it's up to us as a community to find out where they live and keep an eye out (to) keep our children safe," Antu said.

To find out more about sex offenders in your area, visit the DPS website at www.txdps.state.tx.us.

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