SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio woman wants to warn people about who they let into their homes after a frightening encounter with a convicted sex offender.
The woman contacted the KSAT 12 Defenders but did not want to be identified for this story.
"It's pretty scary to think, looking back now, that he was in my home," she said. "I don't think he had any business in my home."
She said she had been waiting for a while for delivery of children's furniture from Bel Furniture and when the delivery day finally came she waited and waited.
She said the delivery driver called late in the day to say he would not be able to make the delivery within normal delivery hours but that if she was willing to accept a later delivery, he would bring the furniture.
Desperate for the furniture and with four kids asleep at home she agreed to accept a late delivery.
"It came at about 12:30 at night, it was almost 1:00 in the morning," she said.
She said the driver dropped off the children's beds without assembling them and then kept calling her after he left.
"After the furniture was delivered the driver left and proceeded to call me all through the evening," she said.
She did not pick up the phone but said she had five to six missed calls.
She said the next day it started again.
"I did start receiving texts from him Sunday morning asking personal questions and asking for pictures and what-not," she said.
"He was asking if I had a man. He actually asked for my picture."
She complained to Bel Furniture Company and owner Sid Mollai said the company took action immediately.
Mollai told the Defenders that Bel fired its delivery contractor and that contractor fired the employee.
Mollai said Bel also apologized to the customer.
But the woman also researched the delivery driver's name and found out he was a convicted sex offender.
She was appalled that he could be hired to deliver furniture.
"I was absolutely astounded that this person was in my home delivering children's furniture," the woman said. "And he has my phone number, my address."
She got so angry that she and her kids loaded the furniture into her car and took it back to the store.
And she wanted to warn others to beware of situations like hers.
"This person never should have been in my home," she said. "I would never invite a person like that into my home. You really need to be aware of whose in your home and who these other companies are sending."
The Defenders contacted Bexar County's Adult Probation office to find out whether the delivery driver had violated any terms of his probation.
In an email the office wrote that he "...did not violate the conditions of his Community Supervision. If any conditions had been violated, the violations would be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for further action."
But while some people believe sex offenders should be banned from all contact with the public, others reason that when they or any other convicted criminals have paid their debt to society by serving a prison sentence, they should have a reasonable shot at landing a job.
KSAT 12 Crime Analyst Eddie Gonzales, a former San Antonio Police Officer, researched this case and laws surrounding probation.
"It's normally out of the realm to have deliveries at 12:30 in the morning," Gonzales said.
He also researched the man's sexual assault conviction.
"So he served eight years," Gonzales said. "You never know who you're coming in contact with. There's constant predators out there constantly that are looking for new victims."
He advised those inviting strangers into their homes to have someone else with them at the time if possible or at least let a friend know when the person was going to be in the home.
"If anything, make somebody else aware that somebody is coming to your house," Gonzales said. "Some of them have been caught and documented and there's probably a whole lot more that we don't know about that are out there every day that are walking the streets that are out there. What we refer to as opportunists."
He also urged people to avoid having small children in the home when a worker is there, to have a phone handy.
He said the best advice on whether people should trust those they invite inside their homes is to "trust your gut."
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