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Sex offender’s plan goes up in smoke

[Battle Creek Enquirer]

A convicted sex offender’s plan to open a business next to a toy store in downtown Battle Creek has hit a major stumbling block.

Reece Adkins’ business partner, Cindy Dian, contacted the building owner, John Hennink, on Thursday and asked if the lease could be dissolved. Hennink said yes.

Adkins, who pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 in May 2000, was planning to open Cereal City Food Auction, …

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  1. Harry

    OK, I am a supporter of RC’s opening businesses without restrictions. However, RCs need to use common sense when we do stuff. We need to valuate our intention from a hysterical soccer mom’s perspective.

    • JoeHillsGhost

      Unfortunately, you are probably correct.

    • Due diligence lacking

      In addition, need to do complete due diligence when considering opening a business. This guy did not considering his status and history. I won’t cast a stone, but he did not think this one all the way through before signing with his partner on the dotted line.

    • AlexO

      If we applied “soccer mom” guidelines, we’d never make out prison. The guys is no longer on supervision. This shouldn’t be an issue in the first place. It’s not like someone who robbed a bank would be prevented from opening a business next door to a bank. Mainly because no one would actually know he was a bank robber unless they did some deep digging.

  2. Nicholas Maietta

    I’d say this guy is not very bright. If the person who owned the property denied him getting out of the lease, he’d be totally screwed. He’s damned lucky he was let off the hook this time with the lease. I hope he tries again, but taking a sane approach and in a far more suitable location than near where children regularly congregate. It’s a precaution he must take to avoid the NIMBY fear mongers who have nothing else better to do than ruin his business even before it opens it’s doors– like what happened here. Additionally, be better invest in some high tech cameras with online-backups as a layer of extra protection for himself and his business.

  3. Timmr

    Anyone know how to leave a comment after the article? I click on “comments” and nothing happens.

    • AJ

      @Timmr:
      I clicked on “comments” at the top of the article, and it opened a pop-up window. From there I was able to read comments and, were I on FB, could add a comment. Maybe you have a pop-up blocker running?

  4. Timmr

    The guy probably naively thought, like I often do, that isn’t this what the punishment and the treatment was all about? Rehabilitation, literally coming back into good habits. Now I can be a productive member of society and I can even be next to a toy store and not offend (I never was tempted by a toy store myself, so that one is hard for me to understand, but whatever…). WHAT DO THEY WANT FROM ME?

    • A. Nony. Mous.

      I get the idea that you should be able to live your life after you serve your sentence, but you have got to have some common sense. I asked the police if I was able to attend street fairs in my town, and he said yes. He also recommended that I think about whether that was a good decision or not. I had never intended to go, I just wanted to know in case I accidentally ended up alongside one, how fast I needed to run away.
      It’s stuff like this that makes it harder on all of us. Just giving the crazy moms more stuff to scream about. I can always hope for less restrictions in my life, but I intend to live by them even if they are repealed, because it’s just a good idea for self protection. I know I would never hurt anyone, but I’m not going to get accused of it by a liar, either.

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