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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility Close to School Upsets Parents

Several Tehama County parents are calling for a new drug and alcohol treatment facility to move locations after learning it houses sexual offenders.

Posted: Oct. 19, 2018 5:48 PM

LOS MOLINOS, Calif. --  Several Tehama County parents are calling for a new drug and alcohol treatment facility to move locations after learning it houses sexual offenders.

The Elijah House is less than half a mile away from Los Molinos High School. 

Elijah House Chief Executive Director Joe Henderson said his facility does accept sexual offenders as long as they committed the offense while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Action News Now spoke with school administrators and parents who say they are worried about Elijah House being so close to the high school.

"Housing people like that so close to schools, I really don't want my kiddo walking around and you already have to worry about a whole bunch," said Christine Koshman, a parent who lives near the high school.

"The facts are that these individuals could live three times closer if they wanted to. They could rent a house three times closer because they don't have any residential restrictions that prohibit them living closer to the high school," said Henderson.

I spoke with the Tehama Chief Administrator Bill Goodwin. He said the county does not believe Elijah House is violating any law, but will continue to look into the matter.

Several parents against the Elijah House are planning a protest on Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Elijah House. 

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