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How Well Do YOU Know Your Neighbors?

World's Worst Child Pornography Offender’s Arrest Leaves Neighbors in Shock

by Jeanne Sager

John ShearenHow well do you know your neighbors? Are they trustworthy? Are you sure? Folks in one Florida neighborhood probably thought so. Then they found out the guy living up the block was being arrested and called the " No. 1 person that can distribute child pornography throughout the world." Cops say John Shearen downloaded the most child pornography in the state of Florida. And now they're stuck going door-to-door, breaking the news to parents that this sicko was living right down the street from their kids.

Just how do you respond to a knock on the door like that?

"Hello, Ma'am, one of the world's most dangerous pedophiles is living in your neighborhood," says the cop.

And you do ... what?

Do you scream bloody murder and run for the shower? Do you call your realtor and put the house on the market, stat? Do you book an immediate counseling session for the kids with the local kiddie shrink? Or do you politely say "Thanks Officer," and get on with your life?

The unsettling thing is we don't always know what our neighbors are really like. You may see them every day, talk to them every day, interact with them every day, and then blam-o. You've got the cops telling you that person who let you borrow their snow blower is really a world class creep.

It's happened to me. Not a pedophile (Thank. God.), but we've had a series of people arrested in my area for various crimes that blew me away. Her? Really? I probably would have let her babysit my kid, and Oh. My. God.

I can't help but wonder if this is why community has been redefined in America. We would like to think we could recreate Mayberry, but there is too much unknown, too many skeletons hiding in people's closets.

Or in the case of this Florida neighborhood, hiding on someone's computer AND in his closet. Cops say they found pairs of children's underwear in Shearen's home as well as some 500,000 images and videos. And yet none of his neighbors said they had any clue. 

Shearen is now in jail with no bail. He's facing 20 counts each of distribution and possession of child porn with more charges possible.

Does this make you think about how much you know about YOUR neighbors?

How well DO you know them?

by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM
Replies (11-19):
by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I know of my neighbors. We live in the country so our neighbors are far and in between and when you do come upon a neighbor they seem to real enjoy talking about everyone else. I remember growing up and how my mother was relaxed about us playing outside and even though we weren't best friends with the neighbors we still knew them. When my mother was growing up everyone one in her neighborhood had known each other since they were born. Her neighbors were also her classmates and church relations. Times have definitely changed. 

by Tammy on Apr. 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

 I know everyone on our street, except a new family that just moved in today (into our good friends' and my daughter's best friend's old house *sniff*), and all of the bus stop moms in the area and a few others here and there. There are also many houses that have people I don't know at all. I do briefly wonder if there are any real creeps around, but I don't dwell on it.

by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM
I know the daughter was in jail and does not have custody of her daughter. I also know a few personal things but only because I heard them yelling at each other at 2am. Thankfully we don't ever speak to them ahd barely see them.
by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM
We live on a road that's 99% dhs family but there's a few that I think are shady.
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

How scary!  I know some of my neighbors, but only a few of them very well at all.  My kids know the rules.  No going in ANYONE'S house unless they get permission from mom or dad first!  That being said... my kids are young enough that they are not allowed to leave our yard without either me or their dad going with them. 

I too am a survivor of sexual abuse.  I am very leery to trust people with my children.   There are very few people that I will leave my children with. 

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I know a few of our neighbors - but we also had two brand-new families move into our block whom we haven't met yet.

by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 10:22 AM

I always check the state sex offender's website to see who is living near us.

by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I know the neighbors right next door on all sides. There are only 7 houses on the street and we are all friendly.

by Bella on Apr. 9, 2013 at 10:09 PM

 I don't know them well and I don't want too. lol

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