Sex offender living by Calgary school raises concerns
Retired police officer Stephen Huggett, who served jail time for possessing child porn, lives across from elementary school
Neighbours of a convicted sex offender who lives in southeast Calgary across from an elementary school and daycare are concerned their children may be at risk.
Stephen Huggett, 59, served a nine-month jail sentence for child pornography. He is also facing more sex-related charges, including sexual interference with a child under 14 years.
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Huggett, who retired from the Calgary police service in 2007, was arrested Tuesday on the new charges but released on bail.
Parents in the neighbourhood say they are on edge, especially because Huggett lives directly across the street from the elementary school and daycare that also has a park where children play.
"He could be out watching kids play at a recess or at any time, it's uncomfortable," said parent Erin Brophy.
Daycare director Sallyanne Agbor said she hired extra staff just to watch the kids while they play outside.
"So I have to make sure that I know what's happening in the neighbourhood, around the school — even the backyard. I have to have my eyes everywhere."
Agbor said she was surprised to learn Huggett had been released.
A spokesperson for Alberta Justice says while Huggett has been released on bail he must abide by a number of conditions, including staying away from children. There is no evidence to suggest he is breaching his conditions.
"When it is sex offence against children, to live across the street from that temptation is too much of a temptation in my opinion," said Brophy.