Neighbors are reacting to the news of Quanzda Hillsman's arrest earlier this week on charges of false imprisonment of a child and lewd and lascivious molestation at a local school.
While all are shocked about what happened, many more are astounded that they had no idea the man living in their neighborhood had such a violent criminal history.
Hillsman lives with his mother in a neighborhood in Callaway and while residents are relieved that he's off the streets, they're concerned about where the system went wrong. Many saying they had no idea that he had any sort of criminal history of that sort.
"It should have never happened," said one neighbor. "That gentleman should have never, never been allowed near children with the history that he has. It's very disgusting. I would want him out. There's too many children around here."
Hillsman attempted to sexually assault an 11 year old in 1998, dragging her towards the woods to, in his words, "have sex with her" and in 2009 he was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation and sexual assault of a child under the age of 12.
Hillsman never served any time, being deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial. He was sent to a mental health facility in Georgia, but was released. He also was never labeled as a sexual offender or predator. "You find this institution isn't doing what they should do," said another neighbor, "doesn't meant you cut him loose...that's part of it. The other part of it is if you cut him loose, which shouldn't have done in the first place, neighborhoods should be notified."
Police are considering filing charges against Hillsman's mother, Sheila Perry, a paraprofessional at Oscar Patterson Elementary School where he allegedly attempted to force a 12 year old into a bathroom and touched her inappropriately. Currently Perry is suspended with pay, but the school district will have an official decision on disciplinary action on Monday at an informal hearing.