Neighbors unhappy about sex offenders in facility

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LEWISBURG, Ore. (AP) -- Residents in the Benton County town Lewisburg are expressing their unhappiness about having three sex offenders nearby in a residential treatment facility for mentally ill people.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports (http://bit.ly/qXt6Za ) that about 100 turned out Thursday for a meeting with officials. Residents said they didn't go away with their worries eased.

Benton County Sheriff Diana Simpson says that one of the three is an 88-year-old man whose record goes back seven decades and who was accused in 2005 of sexually assaulting and trying to strangle a woman.

Neighbors say they're fearful -- a 66-year-old woman who lives a few blocks away says she's given up her daily walks.

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Information from: Gazette-Times, http://www.gtconnect.com