MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A convicted sex offender is back in jail, accused of exposing himself to dozens of young children outside a pre-school playground in Central Gardens.
Investigators say teachers saw Noah Burns, 56, standing near the playground Friday at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School with his pants down, pleasuring himself in front of about 40 children.
“I’m sure those teachers and those children are quite frightened," said Meg McCord, who lives nearby.
The playground is gated, but according to court records, that didn’t stop Burns – a registered sex offender – from exposing and touching himself in full view of children ranging in age from 2 to 6.
“There are no words. Why do these criminals keep getting let out again?" McCord said. "I know we have to rehabilitate, but obviously we’re not doing a very good job of it.”
Teachers reported Burns to police, and officers arrested him as he tried to walk away from the school.
McCord was horrified to hear the news, saying it saddens and concerns her.
“Worried about the children that live in this neighborhood. Worried about the people that like to walk. Just generally worried because Grace-St. Luke’s is a great school lots of wonderful people send their children there," she said.
Not only for those innocent children, but for the future of the entire city.
“I wish I knew the answer," McCord said. "I wish I knew what we could do to make our city better, and I would do it. And I’m sure other people in Memphis would do the same. We need help. We need something to change.”
Burns is charged with indecent exposure and is being held on a $5,000 bond. He will face a judge Monday morning.