People Picket Outside Local Motel

Published 04/11 2014 11:43PM

Updated 04/12 2014 12:00AM

If you drove down Margaret Avenue in Terre Haute on Friday,  you may have seen people picketing outside a local motel.

People were walking outside the Econolodge, carrying signs that said things like "protect your children" and "molesters housed in hotels".

Last week, police arrested Timothy Blazier, a convicted sex offender who was living at the motel. He allegedly grabbed a young girl and took her into his room.

While Blazier was paying his own rent, the Indiana Department of Corrections was paying for several other offenders to live there.

We called the Econolodge and they told us they no longer have a contract with the Indiana Department of Corrections.

The IDOC finds a place for parolees to live for up to two weeks after they are released from prison. Sex offenders can't live within 1,000 feet of any school property or daycare and motels often meet those requirements.

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