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Protest against Pogue Center planned

OVER THE RHINE, OH (FOX19) - There's a new fight to close the halfway house in Over the Rhine that allowed Anthony Kirkland to walk free.

Some concerned citizens will stage a protest on Wednesday evening. They plan to use signs and loud voices to send a message that the Pogue Center needs to be shut down.

This halfway house has been at the center or controversy since 13 year old Esme Kenney was murdered last month.

Her accused killer, Anthony Kirkland, was kicked out just days before her murder because of fight.

The Pogue Center has the area's largest concentration of sex offenders with 53.

The group organizing the protest, Westwood Concern, says the facility places the dignity of a child molester over the safety of the community.

In a press release, the group claims 90 percent of the clients at the Pogue Center are brought in and it's shown negligence time and time again, they want it closed.

The group plans to meet at 5:30 p.m. at Ravine and McMicken then walk a block here for what they say will be a peaceful protest.

The family of Esme Kenney has spoken out about the issue, saying they don't think the center should be shut down, because offenders would have no place to go.


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