We're On Your Side with a warning for parents.
A high risk sex offender has been frequenting a Fresno park. Despite efforts to keep him behind bars, he ends up back on the street.
Marc McDavitt is on parole.
He served prison time for exposing himself to young children.
McDavitt has been arrested in Fresno eight times since June. He was released early.
Many of those arrests occurred at Roeding Park in central Fresno, where he was watching young children.
And after half of the arrests, McDavitt was released within a couple hours or the next morning.
McDavitt’s parole agent is handing out flyers at Roeding Park, to warn people to call police if they see.
Fresno's Roeding Park, with its play areas and attractions for children has become an attraction for one high risk sex offender.
42 year old Marc McDavitt has been ordered to stay away from places where children gather - like parks.
But Fresno police have arrested him at Roeding Park at least three times in the past month.
That's frightening news for parents like Octavia Edwards.
“I know that they hang around. I've had some sit here and watch the kids play all day. And I watch mine, they don't go nowhere by themselves,” Edwards said.
On August fifth, parents noticed McDavitt watching young children in the play area and called 9-1-1.
He was arrested. That was the eighth time he'd been taken to jail since June.
“I wish there was something we could do. Eight times in just a couple months it's excessive to say the least,” said parent and Roeding park visitor Patrick Hescox.
The problem is the Fresno county jail is overcrowded.
And even though McDavitt is on parole, the state won't take him, because of prison realignment.
And that worries victim advocates like Lynne Richard-Brown.
“He's not just high risk, he's active. He's an active sex offender. He's giving us all the warning signs and drawing us a map of his intentions,” said Richard-Brown
Richard-Brown is trying to get the legislature to amend prison realignment.
Before realignment, McDavitt was sent back to prison for 13 months for parole violations.
After realignment, which took effect in October he spent 85 days in the Fresno County jail.
McDavitt was arrested again on Monday.
The last we checked, he was still in jail.
Law enforcement officers are trying to figure out some way to keep him locked up to make sure there isn't a new victim.