Angry father posts 'child molester' sign in his neighbor's yard
An angry Arkansas father is using a sign in his rural Heth property to defend his 16-year-old daughter.
According to WREG, Shelton Kitchens said he learned recently that his daughter was in a sexual relationship with a 21-year-old man.
"I find my daughter like she's almost eaten alive. It's sickening when you raise her shirt and look at it. Hickeys all over," he told the station.
Kitchens said 21-year-old man lives near his tire shop, and his daughter was "lured" to his home "by puppies."
Once he found out about the relationship, Kitchens called the St. Francis County Sheriff's Office. He met with a deputy, but they said they couldn't do anything because the age of consent in the state is 16 years old.
Kitchens took matters into his own hands and put a sign up in his yard that reads, "Danger! Child molester lives in first house on the right." It then lists the man's last name at the bottom.
Kitchens and his co-workers said they got a lot of attention for the sign once it went viral on social media.
They are hoping it will push lawmakers to raise the age of consent in the state to 18.
"I want awareness put to other parents so they don't have to go through what I've gone through the last few days," Kitchens told WREG.
Not everyone who sees the sign is sympathetic.
"It's going viral. That's what we want it to do," said Marcus Rickman, who also works at the tire shop.
But not everyone who drives by is sympathetic.
"The only thing he can really do is be mad at his daughter. He cant be mad at that guy," Matt Malone told WREG.
Lawmakers told WREG they were not yet prepared to comment on the issue.