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Man accused of harassing sex offender
Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | 5/9/08 | LeRoy Standish

Posted on 05/09/2008 9:48:42 AM PDT by GSWarrior

Public spectacle draws police

A registered sex offender who drives around town with a puppy in his lap and hangs out at schools, parks and soccer games has one man so unnerved he made a public spectacle of himself Wednesday morning outside the Battlement Mesa Activity Center.

Travis Metcalf made such a display that he was issued a citation by police for disorderly conduct after allegedly threatening a registered sex offender. He has a court appearance set for June 25.

Other witnesses to the outburst told attendants inside the activity center, 398 Arroyo Drive, to call the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department because a fight between two men was imminent, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis said.

Metcalf said he was telling everyone that Timothy Alan Larsen, 62, of Battlement Mesa, is a registered sex offender.

Larsen was convicted of sexual assault on a child in 1997, spent seven years behind bars and is now a free man, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Larsen has no restrictions on where he can live, where he can go or whom he can associate with, McGinnis said.

The only thing Larsen is required to do is register with local law enforcement and keep the Sheriff’s Department advised of his current residence, which he is doing, she said.

“He is absolutely in compliance,” McGinnis said.

Yet, according to Metcalf, he’s been acting suspicious.

“He hangs out at the elementary school watching the little boys go to school, he goes to the soccer field and watches the little boys practice,” Metcalf said.

When he saw Larsen at the activity center, where a temporary preschool is being held, Metcalf admits he lost control of his emotions.

“I was screaming at the top of my lungs at him,” said the 34-year-old Metcalf, a husband and a father of three children, ages 14, 12 and 5. “I ended up getting a ticket for disorderly conduct out of the deal.”

McGinnis said deputies had little choice in the matter.

“(Larsen) is a sex offender, but he has rights,” McGinnis said. “We have the responsibility of keeping him safe as well.”

Metcalf said he understands that, but he was told authorities would not act unless Larsen broke the law.

“That’s what they said: They’ve got to catch him with his hand in the cookie jar. And I said, ‘That is really nice, being that the cookie jar is going to be a 6-year-old boy,’ ” Metcalf said.

After the confrontation, Larsen was banned from returning to the activity center, said Bob Jasper, district manager of the Consolidated Metropolitan District, which oversees the activity center.

Despite his June 25 court date, Metcalf said he is keeping the pressure on Larsen by distributing fliers with Larsen’s picture and identifying information, and Metcalf is attempting to organize a “parent watch” to raise public awareness.

“I don’t want him arrested. I just don’t want him hanging out watching kids,” Metcalf said. “(For anyone convicted of a sexual offense on a child) there should be a distance stipulation on parks and schools, and if that inconveniences them for the rest of their life, they should have thought about that before they molested a child.”

Metcalf said he is getting his information about Larsen from a Web site, www.familywatchdog.us, that documents convicted sex offenders nationally.

According to the Web site, there are five Grand Valley area schools with more than 10 registered sex offenders living within a half-mile of the school. Steve Roddel, president and CEO of Family Watchdog, said the 3-year-old site is updated throughout the day with the latest information available. He said he is unable to chastise people like Metcalf who use the site as a tool to protect their children and their community.

“It would be awfully hard for me to find fault with someone who is out trying to protect his community,” Roddel said.

He added that if a convicted sex offender is displaying high-risk behaviors, like hanging out at parks and schools with a puppy, that person should be confronted and made aware that he is being watched.

Tell them you know who they are, and, ‘You are not going to do it on my watch,’ ” Roddel said. “I wouldn’t necessarily call it overreacting.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: sexoffender

1 posted on 05/09/2008 9:48:42 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

He’s merely doing the job that the justice system, government, and cops WON’T do.


2 posted on 05/09/2008 9:53:25 AM PDT by indcons
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To: GSWarrior
a fight between two men was imminent

I'll take Metcalf in Round One, by knock out.

3 posted on 05/09/2008 9:55:25 AM PDT by Michael.SF.
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To: indcons

Thank God that there are people out there who will do the job that law enforcement won’t do.


4 posted on 05/09/2008 9:57:27 AM PDT by basil (Support the Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: GSWarrior

>>A registered sex offender who drives around town with a puppy in his lap and hangs out at schools, parks and soccer games<<

Yikes!!!!


5 posted on 05/09/2008 9:58:00 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marsden song!!!!!)
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To: GSWarrior
So, why are you here?
6 posted on 05/09/2008 9:58:51 AM PDT by Larebil (My name is liberal backwards, since they backwards thinking)
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To: indcons

Ironically they banned the father but not the pervert from the school


7 posted on 05/09/2008 10:04:20 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: GSWarrior
“He is absolutely in compliance,” McGinnis said.

That you KNOW of. It's what you DON'T know that could be a major problem especially if LE turns their head when perverts drive by schools with puppies to intice children. Whatever happened to "protect and serve" the good citizens of the community rather than pandering to criminals?

8 posted on 05/09/2008 10:04:52 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: GSWarrior

In the old days, someone like this molester would have been told to leave town, and, if he did not promptly comply, the next visit would have involved more than words. The current system of monitoring released sex perverts defies reason. Neither police nor watch groups can be present all the time. He will strike as soon as he feels he can get away with it. If the laws do not provide for their permanent exclusion from society, extralegal action against these perverts is justified.


9 posted on 05/09/2008 10:06:32 AM PDT by Wallace T.
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To: indcons
If someone kills returns this defective product to his maker, I will contribute to his defense fund.
10 posted on 05/09/2008 10:06:59 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims. Execute child molesters RFN!)
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To: netmilsmom

and the kids won’t want to come over to pet the puppy right?
The puppy is bait.


11 posted on 05/09/2008 10:08:30 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Wallace T.
Without knowing the details of the sex offender's previous crime, it seems likely that he is a candidate to re-offend. This is a small town and his every movement is no doubt under a magnifying glass. I'd wager that if he were to re-offend he would likely head to a large city where he is an unknown.

It's not a good situation.

12 posted on 05/09/2008 10:10:22 AM PDT by GSWarrior (Proudly posting band-width consuming images since 2000)
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To: basil
Hey - in my neck of the woods the cops just arrested some guy that they had released just a month ago. And he didn't touch anyone.

Although the cops did find him naked in some gal's apartment that he had broken into and was watching her take a shower. Thank goodness she had her cell-phone (too bad it wasn't a gun) in the bathroom and was able to slam the bathroom door and call the cops.

Not sure why he hung around in her apartment. The cops even had to dress him. I'm sure it was all just a misunderstanding.

13 posted on 05/09/2008 10:10:59 AM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: massgopguy

Exactly!!!!

Hey, I would come over to see that puppy. How could any kid resist?


14 posted on 05/09/2008 10:12:50 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am very mad at Disney. Give me my James Marsden song!!!!!)
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To: Republicus2001
...Larsen [the sexual predator] was banned from returning to the activity center...........
15 posted on 05/09/2008 10:21:38 AM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Wallace T.
In the old days, someone like this molester would have been told
to leave town, and, if he did not promptly comply, the next visit
would have involved more than words.


It makes one wonder if the reason you have a really nice, safe
small town...then crime-ridden town a few miles away...
doesn't have something to do with a covert "vigilance" committee.

That quietly does the sort of "dis-invitation" work that cops can't
legally do.
16 posted on 05/09/2008 10:21:45 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Republicus2001
"Ironically they banned the father but not the pervert from the school"

Metcalf said he was telling everyone that Timothy Alan Larsen, 62, of Battlement Mesa, is a registered sex offender.

After the confrontation, Larsen was banned from returning to the activity center

They didn't ban the father, they banned the pervert

17 posted on 05/09/2008 10:21:55 AM PDT by DCBurgess58
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To: Republicus2001
Ironically they banned the father but not the pervert from the school

After the confrontation, Larsen was banned from returning to the activity center, said Bob Jasper, district manager of the Consolidated Metropolitan District, which oversees the activity center.

Metcalf is the father who was the protector of the children. So the sleezy perp did get banned from the kids center. It is the only thing that the others involved did right.

18 posted on 05/09/2008 10:24:25 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: GSWarrior

“That’s what they said: They’ve got to catch him with his hand in the cookie jar. And I said, ‘That is really nice, being that the cookie jar is going to be a 6-year-old boy,’ ” Metcalf said.
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Oh, I think I am in love with this guy. Smart, tough and a sarcastic fella as well.


19 posted on 05/09/2008 10:42:28 AM PDT by Southerngl
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To: GSWarrior

Just last week I got a call from a friend and our city government had hired a registered sex offender (Child Portn) to be a lifeguard at the city pool! They didn’t even do a background check on this person or check the internet!


20 posted on 05/09/2008 10:51:04 AM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: GSWarrior

I personally think someone in a Darth Vader costume needs to knock on this perps door after 9pm October 31st.


21 posted on 05/09/2008 10:54:11 AM PDT by anonsquared (conte)
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To: mtbopfuyn

I’m sure the parents of the next, and there will be a next I’m sorry to say, child to be molested by this compliant pervert will be so happy that the people who are charged to keep the public safe so gleefully cited the one who was doing a service that they did,nt have the time or nerve to do themselves.


22 posted on 05/09/2008 11:04:53 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: tiki

Bring it up in the next public city council meeting. Make it known to all you can.


23 posted on 05/09/2008 11:35:30 AM PDT by B4Ranch
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To: B4Ranch

We told the mayor and he’s already been let go but I just can’t imagine this happening. I mean these people work with young children and no-one checks the sex offender page?


24 posted on 05/09/2008 1:06:53 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: tiki

Glad to hear he was fired. Ask if background checks have been done on the area school teachers.


25 posted on 05/09/2008 1:40:34 PM PDT by B4Ranch
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To: GSWarrior

Demonstrate to him how a red laser sight works. Then a few folks with red laser pointers could “make his life interesting” any time they catch him hanging around kids...


26 posted on 05/09/2008 5:38:07 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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