Walterboro residents are coming together to keep registered sex offenders out of their neighborhood.
Shield Ministries, a nonprofit organization, is planning to open their third treatment center at a vacant church campus in Walterboro.
In Shield Ministries’ 2021 annual report, 70 percent of their applicants are registered as sex offenders.
Neighbors say that has them worried for their children.
“When parents can’t let their children go out to their yard and play because of fear, what quality of life is that?” asked Kevin Lyles, a resident who lives nearby.
Executive Director of Shield Ministries David Truluck is also a registered sex offender.
His stepdaughter joining the fight to stop his ministry.
The community’s next plan of action is to create a petition to take to Colleton County Council.
There is no word yet on which council meeting they plan to attend.