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VA: Neighbors concerned about plans for a sanctuary for people listed on the registry in Wise County

Source: 7/5/21

WISE COUNTY, Va. —An East Stone Gap community is concerned after learning a sanctuary for people with a sex offense conviction in their past might be intentionally relocated to their neighborhood.

Residents of the Inby Lane Mobile Home Park received this letter from their landlord.

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Longtime resident Vernon Porch Jr. has an eight-year-old daughter. Porch says he plans to leave the mobile home park.

“Most of the time we have eight kids here just playing at my house and we can’t live here anymore if it’s going to be like this,” Porch said.

According to Virginia state law, people on the registry must live more than 500 feet from a church, school or daycare.

East Stone Gap Baptist Church is about 1,000 feet away from the mobile home park. Head pastor Lonnie Brooks says that’s still too close for his own comfort.

“I know the state police came and measured all of that to check that they were within those boundaries,” Brooks said. “But it still seems very close.”

Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp says he’s also concerned about the safety of the East Stone Gap community.

“Obviously we’re looking at it from every angle to determine what law enforcement or our county can do,” Slemp said. “We’re ready to step up enforcement and step up additional patrols. We’ll do whatever we need to do for the safety of the community and residents in that community.”

We reached out to Inby Home Trailer Park LLC for comment and have not yet received a response.

A public meeting about the proposed  sanctuary is scheduled to take place on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Taylor-Lewis Baptist Community Center.

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Virginia registrants, show up, stand up, and speak up to things like this or you will be shoved into industrial areas and homeless camps.

Follow the money. Doubtless, this mobile home park is doing this because they can make very good money overcharging the registrants for rent… because they have no where else they can live.
And, to the current mobile home residents, how many if you were the first to carry the torches and pitchforks and support every restriction the politicians came up with?? Oh well, look how that has turned out for you.😒

People forced to register should show up at the church meeting too so people can see that people convicted of a sex offense are also GOD’s children

Probably wouldn’t do any good. Years ago I was trying to get my life in order and started attending church regularly. About 7 months later someone at the church found out I was on the hit list and told the pastor, who in turn told me I was more than welcome to meet with him one on one for spiritual guidance, but to please not attend public service any more as it “could make others uncomfortable.” I was like, “seriously?” Didn’t Jesus tell the Pharisees to let him who is without sin to cast the first stone when they brought the prostitute to him? Then I told him it sounded like he’s the one who needed spiritual guidance, not me.
I’ve tried a few churches, but all I’ve found is hypocrisy and wolves in sheep’s clothing, so I stay far away from them.

@DiM: I’m very sorry to hear about your horrible experiences. I was lucky, my wife found a church she liked and soon told the pastor about me and he came over and met one on one with us and welcomed me in. She’s very involved in the church, and I’m not Bc I just feel so uncomfortable. The pastor made me a member and I’ve met good people there but I just can’t get the fear that I’m hurting the church with my presence out of my head. I just feel lost but it’s really my own fault. I just need to get over the fear. Im lucky I have a wife of 20 years and four kids and people like them a lot so it helps rub off on me.

“East Stone Gap Baptist Church is about 1,000 feet away from the mobile home park. Head pastor Lonnie Brooks says that’s still too close for his own comfort.”

Really, this is what a pastor said? I thought forgiveness overall is what the church is all about.

I live near Virginia but I have no idea where Wise Country is; however if I can make the trip I will. Doesn’t seem like the residents live up to the name of their county. Sounds like Judgement Pitchfork County

Thank you, Brandon, for traveling to Wise County for the purpose of educating those who are threatening the peace of registrants and their loved ones. By doing so, you are Showing Up – Standing Up and Speaking Up. Hope others will join you!

Wise County is north of Kingsport, TN near the Kentucky border with WV.

This situation certainly does sound like a good educational opportunity.


P.S. The email address for Pastor Brooks and the East Stone Gap Baptist Church is ESGBC@COMCAST.NET and the phone number is 1-276-523-9958.

If “the truth will set you free” perhaps sending some non-abusive information regarding real dangers presented by SO’s would be helpful. I suspect he, like most, have done little research and are bombarded with propaganda. We have until the 20th to attempt to turn the battleship a few degrees.


Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp says he’s also concerned about the safety of the East Stone Gap community.”
Obviously he’s talking about all the drunk drivers, drug dealers, spouse abusers, burglars, etc.

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