Treesdale Residents Call for New Ordinance After Sex Offender Moves into Neighborhood

Man is now residing in the Allegheny County Jail. Neighbors want protection so it does not happen again.

Rebecca Staiger could not sleep for days after learning that a lifetime sex offender was living in the house two doors from her Treesdale home. 

She, her husband Carl and their Treesdale neighbors addressed the Pine Board of Supervisors at Monday's meeting about the situation and asked for an ordinance to prevent it from happening again.

The man listed on the Megan's Law website as living at South Lake Drive in Gibsonia has since been moved to the Allegheny County Jail, according to court documents. He lived in the house for less than three weeks, neighbors said.

"It's unsettling. It's unbelievable," said Staiger, who added that the man was living in the garage of a vacant home located beside a park and in between two school bus stops.

Township Solicitor Gary Gushard said he would research laws from other municipalities and draft an ordinance for the supervisors to consider at their Dec. 5 meeting.

A law enacted by Allegheny County to limit where sex offenders can live was struck down in May by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Supervisors Chairman Michael Dennehy said there was no question the members of the board wanted to get something on the books to allay residents' fears, but needed to make sure such an ordinance was legal.

"We all feel for your concerns; we all have kids," said Supervisor Philip D. Henry. 

Greg Bosiljevac said his home is directly across the street from where the sex offender was living.

The man told Bosiljevac that he was down on his luck, had lost his house on a short sale, and had made some bad choices in his life.

"He was sleeping in the garage on an air mattress," said Bosiljevac, who aimed his spotlights on the man's house. "I was watching him like a hawk."

The man pleaded guilty in June to four felony counts: indecent assault on a person younger than 13, unlawful contact with a minor/sexual offense, endangering the welfare of children, and child pornography. The man also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of indecent assault of a person younger than 13, indecent exposure, and corruption of minors. 

 Chief T. Robert Amann said, "We went to the residence and checked into it."

Police saw no sign of a person living in the house, he said. After checking with a real estate company, police found that the man's sister owns the house and gave him permission to stay there, said Amann.

Although patrols checked the house, they did not find him at the house at any time, he added.

Pennsylvania's Megan's Law requires the state police to maintain a registry of persons who have either been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty to certain sexual offenses.

Community notification takes place only in two instances, according to the Megan's Law website:

  • if the convicted sex offender is determined by a court to be a sexually violent predator, or 
  • if an out-of-state offender is required to submit to community notification in his or her state of origin.

"Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law does not restrict where a sexual offender or sexually violent predator may reside," the website states. "However, an offender may be restricted from residing near a school, park, daycare center ..."

Cindy Cusic Micco November 08, 2011 at 04:41 PM
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Cindy Cusic Micco November 08, 2011 at 04:44 PM
A question came up about the man being sent to jail. According to court documents, he was supposed to be placed in a halfway house. Apparently, he was returned to jail while awaiting an opening in a halfway house.
Jennifer Smith November 08, 2011 at 07:02 PM
"Simple logic"? Is it that same simple logic that caused this man to commit a sexual offense on a minor? I assure you this man was not thinking about "unintended consequences". We should absolutely cut them off just incase "simple logic" happens to occur again! Paul Smith, you are clearly not a parent.
J Silvio November 08, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Well, "bro" I graciously followed your advice and did a little research and found that (according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics) "Compared to non-sex offenders released from State prisons, released sex offenders were 4 times more likely to be rearrested for a sex crime." So what that tells me (I can use logic too) is that previous offenders are the one's most likely to commit sex crimes. With the social stigma associated with sex crimes and the low reporting rate, I am so thankful for people like Rebecca and Carl who stand up for, and protect our kids. Let's not forget the reason that Megan's Law came into existence. Paul, I applauded your willingness to stand up for the rehabilitation of these offenders; however, this man was living alone in a home without rehabilitation services awaiting placement. His parents live less than a mile away and if "support" is what he needed, he should have stayed with others. Just as an alcoholic shouldn’t bartend, a sex offend should live near bus stops and playgrounds. People choose their actions and thus, they choose their consequences. He chose actions that (regardless of the situation) will forever ostracize him. He will get no sympathy from the rest of us who respect the people around us and the laws that govern their rights. I wish him the best of luck in (monitored) recovery, and I sleep soundly knowing that people like the Staiger's exist.
Afriend March 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Oh Please get real. Just because you live in treesdale does not make you exempt from other less fortunate people. Maybe he made bad choices, we all do. If he is not bothering you let him be, or move. He is human also! Try forgiving the man. For all you know he might have been framed. - His friend.
erin May 31, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I can forgive quite a bit but as a parent I cannot recommend forgetting about the offenses of a sex offender. "His Friend" is certainly entitled to his opinion but as someone who also has some experience with minor victims of sex offenders I cannot believe that anyone thinks a registered sex offender is simply "someone less fortunate who made some bad decisions" You need to get real and be more concerned with the innocent children who are victims of these "poor decisions" and thus scarred for life in most cases! I am not a Treesdale resident but I do not want a see offender living any where near my children either and I expect our local, state and federal officials to protect them.


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