4 Investigates visits a haunted house occupied by a sex offender
October 12, 2018 06:06 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Northeast Albuquerque residents are describing a neighborhood haunted house as truly scary, but not because of ghosts or goblins.
A man who lives at the house is a registered sex offender, and he was preparing to welcome kids into the home. As it turns out, authorities say he wasn't breaking any laws.
The haunted house near San Mateo and Comanche was being advertised on posters around the neighborhood. On the residence's front door was a display showing it would open on Halloween at 7 p.m., after dark.
Scott Neff, the man who lives there, is a registered sex offender who was once sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Online court records show he pleaded guilty in 1996 to two counts of criminal sexual penetration, two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor and one count of criminal sexual exploitation of a minor.
"Well, he is going to lure kids in there and God only knows what happens," one person KOB talked to said.
When KOB went to the house to speak with Neff, he said the idea was his roommate's.
"It's his holiday, he decided to run the haunted house," Neff said. "There is nothing in the rules or regulations that says it can't be held here."
And he's right. In an email from the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, a spokesperson told KOB that "if a sex offender is not on probation or parole and is in compliance with the Sex Offender Registry, there is no state law restricting their activities. Neff is not on probation or parole."
But Neff wasn't completely honest with KOB about how he got into trouble.
"I got on the registry basically because I was fighting my sexuality at the time and I ran across a young man who was also and we got together," he said.
But according to detailed coverage from the Albuquerque Journal at the time, Neff was a foster parent licensed by the Children, Youth and Families Department. The Journal reported he molested and created child pornography with the boys under his care.
Neff and his roommate, Randy, were still in the process of decorating the house with haunted decorations when KOB visited. But when we were about to leave, Randy was taking down signs advertising the house, saying he's canceling the plan.
"I don't want issues," he said. "I don't want people to think of us like that. That happened a long time ago with him."
Updated: October 12, 2018 06:06 AM
Created: October 11, 2018 09:22 PM
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