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Parents concerned about sex offender living near Rapid Valley Elementary

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Michael Pigney Michael Pigney

A man who served 15 years in the state prison for having sexual contact with a child is now living in Rapid Valley, just blocks from a school.
 
His new home is causing a lot of worry for the safety of children, not only from neighboring home owners, but also from the school district.
 
Michael Pigney, 51, lives on Leroy Street, which is about half a mile from Rapid Valley Elementary School. In a letter, school administrators notified parents that a sex offender is living in the neighborhood.

Assistant Superintendent Katie Bray said there has been no known contact with the students but she says they have increased the presence of adults on the playground.

Parents say they are glad the school is keeping them informed, but they feel nervous just the same. 

"Personally I don't like it. I would prefer they have to be within 20 miles, 30 miles, but I know. It's hard with so many schools around here, but ideally I think that would be better," said Thomas Spint, a parent.
 
Pigney has done nothing to violate the law according the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies have investigated every accusation, all were unfounded.

The sheriff's office is looking into who egged Pigney's home.

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A community meeting is scheduled on Monday at Rapid Valley Elementary School to discuss concerns from parents. Members of the Pennington County Sheriff's Office and the Rapid City School District will be there. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

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