Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dirty Landlords Openly Discuss How to Remove a Registrant Tenant during a Property Takeover

From Brook Reiman's FB page. 
[NOTE: I wrote this report for last year, but I'm reposting it here with a couple of differences. I had to perform some censorship in writing the SOSEN piece, so I took out a few offending words plus I'm keeping the original names here. I believe these landlords should be named and shamed for their despicable actions. Some have openly admitted to discrimination or worse.]

One of my associates has recently joined the boring world of land brokerage and has been training for a few months. A couple of days ago she contacted me to notify me of this public forum for the real estate industry called “Bigger Pockets”. A discussion began on October 9th entitled “Inheriting a ‘sexually violent predator against children’ tenant” was stated by a woman buying an apartment complex in Bloomington IN. [At the time of this writing, the link to the discussion is at]

The thread had been started by a woman named Brook Rieman of Rieman Rentals, which is apparently an upstart company. Brook writes on her profile page, “My husband and currently own 3 Airbnb properties which we rehabbed. We are looking to flip and rent more properties in the near future and are currently educating ourselves and figuring out the best financing route. My husband Corey is a licensed Real Estate broker in Indiana” []. There IS a Corey Reiman listed for Bloomington, IN on LinkedIn stating he is a “Assistant Property Manager at Monroe Lake and REALTOR at Seasons of Indiana Real Estate” []. On Brook Reiman’s FB page [] is a picture with the “#IBelieveSurvivors” slogan. It is obvious she is no friend to registered persons.

Ms. Brook, the Original Poster, writes, “We had our offer accepted on our first rental property and after looking up the current tenants, we've got a convicted, registered sexually violent predator against children in this triplex. Repeat offender. Anyone dealt with this before? There are currently no children in the other two units but kids living within 20' of his door at the neighboring property. His existing lease is not up until Aug of [20]19 and he's been in the property 5 years. I am sick about this. Obviously I don't want to renew his lease but any options before that?” She added later in the thread, “We have little kids of our own and I would be the primary property manager so this is not something we take lightly. I’m completely disgusted and frightened by the whole situation.”

There were numerous responses to this topic, and it is important to look at every response. Nearly every response was negative and some were outright offensive. But it is important to share every post, even the redundant ones, since information posted on websites tend to disappear after a while. This gives us a glimpse into the mindset of those who refuse to rent to registered persons. [Some comments were edited for readability, as some of the comments were poorly written and full of blatant grammatical errors.]

Towards the end of the thread, Ms. Brook had claimed she found out the registrant was out of prison only 1.5 years, not 5 years, and that the person had two convictions, using the “revelations” to back out of the deal. It was for the best she backed out because it was obvious she was receiving bad advice from numerous people commenting on the thread. Remember, she was not moving in someone new, she was becoming the new landlord of an existing tenant. She had the potential to destroy the life of someone on the registry because of her personal animus against registered persons.

One bit of advice that was written in the thread was something I had experienced personally. In 2006, I had moved into a new apartment. A few years later, a new owner tried a similar tactic against me, suggested in this thread – claim the lease needs to end for maintenance reasons. I forced them to back down under threat of lawsuit. (I was bluffing, I had no attorney, but they didn’t want to take a chance.)

Other tactics that were mentioned here included offering “cash for keys” or even offering to buy out the lease. Another suggested increasing the tenant’s rent to collect more money from him. There were different opinions on when to let the tenant know the lease wasn’t going to be renewed; some suggesting telling this person now with 10 months left and a couple implied they should wait until the last minute. The animus against registered persons and the blatant discrimination posted in this thread is appalling. To top it off, some of the landlords were fully aware that registered persons have no rights and flaunt their blatant discrimination policies.

The bottom line is if you rent your property, be aware that your landlord can sell out to another real estate purchaser and your next landlord could attempt to throw you out or look for an excuse to get rid of you. This is another reason to always have a plan in place in case of any kind of upheaval in your life, be it from a natural disaster or just from some misinformed realtor buying the property you are renting; this preparation should include saving money to cover rent and deposit at a new place as well as finding out which charities offer any kind of assistance in your area. It is important to find out what rights you DO have as a tenant.

The actual comments from the thread are listed below. Many posters made similar comments. Some comments are derogatory and full of misinformation.


Kyle Mccaw Property Manager from Keller, Texas replied, “Approach the listing agent about it. See if you can get a reduction in the contract price. If you can and you close. Off[er] the tenant $ to move so you can “fix up the unit.’”

Dennis M., Rental Property Investor from Erie, PA, wrote, “Well Perverts aren’t a protected class. Buy the property and find a way to evict him or refuse to close till owner reaches a deal to get him out of there.”

Bobby Stead Rental Property Investor from Evansville, IN, wrote, “Check the registry to see what his limitations are in your area. As a former law enforcement officer there may be something there that will allow you legally to end his lease.  For instance, so far from a school, close to children that are not of his bloodline, etc.” (This alleged former law enforcement agent apparently does not realize the Indiana’s residency laws only apply to paroled registrants, according to Indiana Code §11-13-3-4.)

Jill F., Investor from Akron, Ohio wrote, “It's only ten months. He's been there 5 years. The people in the neighborhood were notified. I wouldn't ditch an otherwise good deal on a property. Just don't renew his lease when it comes due.”

Chris Szepessy from Catskill, New York, replied, “I'd assume he won't move out unless you offer him a TON of money to do so. Finding someone to rent to him is probably very difficult so he isn't going to move for $500. If the neighbors know about him, I would just ride out the lease and not renew when the time comes.”

Nathan G. from American West Realty & Management in Cody, WY, replied, “Leave him in place unless you have a justifiable reason to terminate the lease early. Notify him as soon as possible that you will not renew his lease because you are planning ‘improvements’ to the unit. Of course, the improvement is getting rid of the sex offender. If he offers to leave early, let him go without penalty and move on.”

Linda S. Investor from Richmond, VA, wrote, “He's a sex offender-- they are out there, it sounds like a low income area, so that's where they normally go.   Have you checked out how many others are in the area, there might be a few more nearby.     People do bad things.    Some people are real jerks… Don't let emotions get involved and back out of what sounds like a great deal. I would absolutely go through with the deal, and go talk with him, and tell him you have plans to renovate his unit.   Offer to refund his security deposit, and give a positive reference (assuming he's always paid on time)  and throw maybe $500 more at him in a cash for keys deal.    Tell him you plan to renovate his unit and won't be renewing in 10-months, --so it'd be heavily in his best interest to leave now vs. 10 months.   Most people don't want to move because they know they'll have to pay the security deposit + rent, and that's a lot to low income tenants--- make it an easy transition! Don't make this a bigger deal than it is-- if you want him out, make it the best time to leave now-- and let him know you aren't renewing.”

Jim Adrian Architect from Papillion, NE, decided to play Devil’s Advocate, adding, “I’m going to take the opposite approach as others said, though I don't disagree with what they said either.  Looking from the flip side, he needs a place to live.  He has proven to be a non-issue to his landlord for the last 5 yrs.   Your service you provide is housing and that's it.  You are not buddy-buddy with this person and you shouldn't with any of your tenants.   I would bet he would be willing to pay more for the place because of his past and knows how hard it is to find a place.  So keep him around, raise his rent by $25 or $50 or so and put him month to month. If he gives you problems then boot him.  In 10 months you will find out if his problematic or not. I would research his cases to understand what he ‘specifically’ did. He has also proven to be a long term tenant. On the flip side it may be hard to rent out the other units and you may need to disclose (not sure on this as its public knowledge) this to future tenants.”

David Cruice, Rental Property Investor from South FL and NC, replied, “Keep it simple. Buy the property; honor the existing lease, and don’t renew. Don’t discuss the ‘situation’ with anyone after you buy.”

Joe Splitrock, Investor from Sioux Falls, SD, added, “If you are investing in C or D neighborhoods, this type of thing will be common. If he was a convicted murder, violent assault offender, thief, con man, you would never even know, because there is no registry for those crimes. After 5 years, there is low risk for the next ten months. If this situation freaks you out, I assure you there is FAR WORSE ahead.  I have looked tenants in the eye and told them to GTFO of my property, no notice, no cash for keys. That is how you deal with some people in some situations. They are tough and you need to be tougher. If you can't deal with this, you should re-evaluate if you should be managing your own properties or even buying them in the first place. Simple solution here is non-renewal. Tell him day one that he needs to move next August or sooner. If you re-rent the other two units, make sure to disclose his situation, so they are not surprised. If you can't stomach it, just use the inspection or financing clause to back out now. They can't make you close on the property. Worst case they take your earnest money.”

Dan Heuschele, Investor from Poway, CA, replied, “Our primary area I classify as a C to C+ area (We have some units in better areas but most of our units are in a working class area with most structures built from the 1950s to the 1980s). My background check includes a criminal records check. It is a small additional fee over the credit check fee.  I think it is important, especially in my multiplexes. I want to provide the tenants a safe place realizing I cannot control everything.  But I can control that the tenants have no violent crimes on their criminal report. I do not think managing in a C area necessitates dealing with criminals.  Proper screening, at a minimum, reduces the chance of dealing with violent criminals.  I do agree that non-renewal is the ‘simple solution’ but I would treat it as plan B.  I would attempt to negotiate cash for keys. I would be careful how you "disclose the situation" but would find a way to disclose the situation to new tenants (maybe provide them a link to the sex offender registry and tell them it is important that they verify the area is safe). The disclosure is likely to result in making the other units harder to rent and may affect the rent price.  So cash for keys could be a good investment as it could result in obtaining market rents versus below market rents with the disclosure. I do not know what the unit rents for but even a couple rent for the keys could be worth it.”

Dan then added in a second post in response to the “Devil’s Advocate” post, “He does need a place to live but it would not be in my multiplex.  I believe I have a responsibility to provide the tenants a safe home.  If I knew I had a violent sex offender as a tenant, I would feel that I have not provided the safe home to my other tenants. It is my opinion that a violent sex offender should not be in a multiplex, near schools, children clubs/sports (Y, Little League, soccer fields, etc.), etc.  I think it would be best if they lived in a trailer in the middle of nowhere, but that is not likely to happen.  However, they would not be living in my units.  I do not care if he were willing to double his rent.  Not worth it! If you accepted an additional $50/month rent for the sex offender to continue to live in your unit, how would you feel if he sexually assaulted someone?   No way, there is not enough money for me to want to deal with that.  I do not need the money that bad!”

Joel Florek Investor from Michigan City, IN, responded, “Aug of 19 sucks. Obviously, if you just hang on until that point you can provide them with a notice in advance that you won't be renewing the lease. I typically like to do at least 60-day notice and let them know I am trying to make the process smoother and don't want to put them in a pinch. I never want to really make someone mad and have concrete poured down the drain. Another thing you can do is once you purchase you can let them know that you will be remodeling the unit when their lease is up and if they want to move sooner you will provide them with some cash to move quicker. The concern with that is if they don't want to leave early they may become hell tenants for the next 10 months. Generally, that's why I wait until about 60 days to limit my pain and try to play the "I am being more generous than the law requires" which helps to buy a few sympathy points.”

Ned J., Investor from Manteca, CA, added, “As the new landlord I would pay to have my standard screening done on all the current tenants....I would pay the fees to do it. I'm not going to walk away from a good deal when there is a reasonable solution to the issue at hand. If any of the current tenants don't meet my criteria, then I would not renew their lease when it comes up. If the unit was vacant and I wouldn't rent to them, then I'm not going to keep them there when the lease comes up to renew. This is especially the case when it comes to violent criminals. Have horrible credit but have a great history of paying the rent, then maybe I make an exception... significant criminal record does not get a "pass"... you're gone. The fact that its 10 months would make me lean towards setting the playing field but ride it out with this the background checks etc. on ALL the current tenants....then come up with the plan on when to notify anyone that you are not renewing. Cover yourself legally by making it a uniform ‘reassessment’ of ALL your tenants and make uniform decisions based on a written criteria that you use for ALL the tenants...not just him. No way in hell am I letting this guy stay. I don't care how much $$ I may lose with some turnover or cash for keys etc, I could never live with myself if something happened. Yes they all need somewhere to’s just not in one of my units....not worth it. I would however lean on the seller more to accommodate this issue in the price..... be prepared to away....”

Chris K., Attorney from Pittson, PA, warned readers, “Not an expert on this topic by any means, but I do believe some states have some restriction on how landlords can use this information (and what they need to do). For example, I'm pretty sure California has (or had) some law stating that you cannot deny rental solely based on the fact that they might be on a registered sex offenders list. Something like that. And then remember that HUD published the now infamous FHA memo saying landlords should not use criminal convictions as the only reason to reject their application. Depending on whether this person could qualify under a protected class, you may have to be slightly careful.”

Karen Margrave (Moderator for the forums) from Bend OR & Redding, CA, added the following misinformed statements, “If there are children living within 20' of where he is, he's probably in violation of parole, or other laws. Ask the local authorities how you can find out if he's on parole, and what the laws and regulations regarding registering as a sexual predator are. I would without question evict him. Money isn't everything, and the community has a responsibility to protect children. Being a violent, sexual predator, isn't like stealing from the local store. The justifiable reason to get rid of him is HE'S A VIOLENT SEXUAL PREDATOR THAT VIOLATES CHILDREN!  Personally, I refused to lease office space to a counseling office that’s clients were violent sexual predators. I would never risk the chance of making it easy for someone like that to prey on another. There were young women working in other offices that could be working late at night. You aren't allowed to inform others in the area of the fact that the counselor’s clients were sexual predators so that they could be informed, and on guard, as it's against the law. It's important to understand, there is no cure for sexual deviants. Counselors believe that it is "victimless crime”, nevermind a child cannot defend themselves. It's not a disease; it's a CRIME that preys on the most vulnerable. So if you wouldn't allow a known killer in your unit, why would you even consider a sexual predator?” []

“John Clark” writes, “Go to a lawyer and find out what a landlord's liability is to third parties should a known, repeat, sex offender tenant commit another offense on the landlord's property. That in turn may give you an out for the purchase of the property. (If, for example, it was peddled to you as having no restrictions on leasing, but now you can't rent to families with kids because they'd be too close to Chester the Molester). I dunno. Talk to the lawyers.”

Vinay H. from Cambridge, MA wrote possibly the only sensible response, adding, “Before we get pitchforks and lynch mobs, possibly there is a need to talk to the local police to find out about the situation. Maybe he committed the crime 20 years ago and is now reformed. Find out the details from him and from the police. People deserve a second chance, and that's a reason why he was not given the death penalty. If we all chase him out and make him jobless and homeless, is this a better situation for society?  Obviously this is a major headache, but if you can't stomach it, better back out of the deal. Even if he turns out to be the best tenant ever, his presence will limit your potential tenants for the other units. I think there are 2 options - either get more info and develop a strategy or back out of deal.”

Cara Lonsdale, Realtor and Investor from Scottsdale, AZ writes, “There are rules established that he has to follow.  I would start by looking those up.  Any violations should be reported.  Is your unit near a school?  There is most likely a rule about how close he can live to a school.  Find out what the rule is about other units having children.  Is he grandfathered in if he is there first?  Also, establish your policies for Tenants.  Do you take felons?  If not, then come renewal time, it is a simple decline based on your rental policies. Offering him money to move may work, but he may not take it if his options are limited.  The goal is to remain respectful and not harass him while you are trying to manage his tenancy.  While he is not a protected class as a convicted predator, he still has the right to peaceful habitation.”

John Clark wrote a disgusting response to Vinay’s post, adding, “You missed the words "repeat offender." If he offended 20 years ago and is still on the list, that tells me the crimeS were heinous. Check out landlord's liability and whether an undisclosed defect/risk in the purchase contract, or tenant estoppel letters, or whatever, let the buyer out. What part of c-o-n-s-u-l-t t-w-o l-a-w-y-e-r-s, one each in criminal/tort law and the other in property law, does anyone on this forum not understand?” He believes that if a person committed an offense 20 years ago, he must be a repeat offender. This is proof people misunderstand the registry information.

Ali Boone Business Owner & Investor from Venice Beach, CA, writes a great post, adding, “I might be kind of naively biased on this because I volunteer in prisons regularly, mostly with men, and I've worked with a ton of criminals, including those of sex crimes. Personally, I'd be more concerned with how he is as a tenant. Does he pay on time every month? Is he pleasant to deal with? Other than him being a sex offender, what are his other traits as a tenant? If he's been in there for 5 years, he obviously hasn't recommitted recently. And if he does go to jail, how does that work if he's no longer present to pay rent? (I actually don't know that answer). I think the focus needs to be on the facts and the logistics, not on personal opinion about him or his crime(s). So, what are the facts and logistics about this? What are the specific risks in having him there? If people's posts about getting him out are just because they think he's a pervert or a bad human being, that's just nauseating. I don't condone his crimes, but if he's okay and fully functioning right now and paying rent and maybe even a nice guy, then kicking him out would just be ridiculous. Unless there's some logistical problem(s) that someone can specify.”

Thomas S. added, “As others have noted, he has been a tenant for 5 years. Leave him alone and give notice prior to the end of his lease that you will not be renewing. It isn't a problem until it's a problem and even then it is not your problem since you did not initially rent to him.”

David Hallner of 3 N Bonita Dr, Madisonville, LA, 70447-9731 (504) 442-3129, replied, “In my opinion a person that rapes or molests an innocent child, should be living in a place 6 feet under. Some things are way more important than money, and this is one. I would either get out of the deal or might just go through with the deal only cause I would make it my personal mission to get rid of this guy.

Patrick S. from San Antonio, TX, replied, “To me, it depends on the location and the type of place you have.  I think it's ok to think that it's an awful heinous crime, and still rent to them if it's an appropriate place (no kids, schools, parks, etc.) Kicking him out and having him move a block away doesn't necessarily make anyone safer, or mean that you do or don't care about kids.   That said, I'm sure these folks find it extremely difficult to find places to rent, so he might be a good grateful tenant if you let him stay.”

Scott Baker replied, “People are being a bit hysterical about this, and if it's an otherwise good deal it's not worth throwing away over. If your plan is to upgrade the triplex and get a better caliber of tenant in there, well, a registered sex offender might scare folks away if they hear about it. I agree with the idea of letting him know sooner rather than later he's going to be out at the end of his lease for ‘renovations’, and if he needs to break the lease to find new housing, well, you're such nice people you'd let him do it.”

Michael Biggs Investor from Princeton, TX, replied, “I know I am old, bitter, and jaded.  BUT I really do not understand the basic premise that cause people to think small distant requirements make people safe from people who have committed crimes. First. He has legs. He can walk. Second. He probably has a car. He can drive. Of course, I do not even believe in sex offender registries because we do not have murderer registries or robber registries. For those that have assumed he is violating some kind of rule or law because he lives there, it is extremely unlikely. People should also be aware convicted felons live in all kinds of neighborhoods.

Daniel R. from Chattanooga, TN, replied, “I can actually tell you that statistical facts show sex offenders to be one of the lowest percentages of recidivists of any crime.  My uncle has worked in the court systems and in general as a psychologist with sex offenders and people with sexually deviant behaviors most of his career (30+ years).  He is very highly regarded in this field.  Now, obviously, this person DID re-offend and it was a violent act as well, and that is sad, awful, etc. 100%. I truly hope the victim is alright. But, they do not wish to stay in prison because they "know" they will do it again when they get out.  Prison is the worst place for a sex offender. Also, most sex offenders are one time offenders with no actual sexual attraction to children in general and these days a large number of sex offenders did not even offend a minor.  The more they are alienated from society the more likely they are to re-offend again because anyone that is alienated does not fare well in the long run and their "demons" have a much higher chance of showing their faces again.  I know this part of my response will be pretty unpopular but I just wanted to put it out there. But, on the business end of things, I can 100% understand not renting to the person because it makes your multi-plex much less attractive to potential/current tenants in the other units.  So I do understand now wanting them to be a tenant and also the fear for the OP in regards to having her daughter with her when performing repairs.  I just wanted to make sure to correct that specific statement.  Sadly, that professor was grossly inaccurate in their statement.”

Monday, February 11, 2019

UK "Predator Exposure" gets plenty of exposure after their arrest

Phill Hoban of Predator Exposure
Unlike the USA, the UK's self-professed "paedo hunters" actually get arrested on occasion for engaging in entrapment stings.

HUNTER HUNTED Paedophile hunter who starred in BBC documentary arrested by gun cops ‘over vigilante raid’
Officers swooped on Phill Hoban, 43, and other members of paedo hunters, Predator Exposure

By Paul Sims and Sun Staff
6th February 2019, 4:11 pmUpdated: 6th February 2019, 4:11 pm

A PAEDOPHILE hunter who appeared on a BBC documentary spoke of his fury yesterday after gun cops arrested him in a dawn raid.

Officers swooped on Phill Hoban, 43, and other members of Predator Exposure over claims of false imprisonment, assault and public order offences.

It is alleged they acted unlawfully when they detained two suspected paedos after separate online stings in August and January.

Armed police dragged members of the Leeds-based group from their homes before quizzing them for six hours on Monday.

Dad-of-five Phill, 43, who featured last month on BBC3 documentary ‘Paedophile Hunters: The Rise Of The Vigilantes’, slammed the arrests.

He said the move was designed to shut the group down - despite it being responsible for bringing more than 70 child sex offenders to justice.

Fuming Phill said: "I was immediately grabbed straight away and arrested and handcuffed behind my back in front of my family, they wouldn’t even let me put my bike away.

"There were armed police and police with tasers to arrest me on historic assault and false imprisonment allegations. It was heavy handed."

He said officers seized his mobile phone, his kids’ iPads, clothing, including his coat and trainers and took him to the cells at Wakefield Police Station.

The police are not interested in justice. Our arrests are a tactic to try and make us stop exposing paedophiles.

Phil Hoban
He and his team have since been released on bail.

Predator Exposure record and live stream all their vigilante stings, in which they confront a suspected paedophile engaging in online sex chat with a decoy.

The group make a citizens arrest and phone the police to arrest and take the suspects away.

Phill claims the two incidents he was questioned about and followed the same method all their 70 plus stings have done.

He added: "The police are not interested in justice. Our arrests are a tactic to try and make us stop exposing paedophiles.

"I was handcuffed behind my back by armed police. I would have attended a police station voluntarily and they know that.

"The have arrested us now because we are the biggest group in the country with the biggest following and they want to get the message out to other groups to stop.

"But the police are not doing enough to catch the paedophiles themselves.

"And yet they have enough resources to send eight police officers to five homes to arrest innocent members of the public."


Phill and his colleagues have been bailed to Friday, when they may learn whether they will be charged.

A defiant a Phill said: "If they take us to court, they take us to court, but there will be uproar because we have many supporters and we have taken 70 odd paedophiles off the streets and protected hundreds of kids."

The police spokeswoman said: "The arrests were made in relation to alleged offences in the Wakefield area on August 11, 2018 and Leeds on January 13, 2019 in which members of the public were allegedly detained.

"Three men and two women were arrested. They have since all been released on bail. Enquiries are ongoing."

The paedophile hunting group have been responsible for bringing a number of offenders to justice through online stings in the past year.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

PA police say they don't condone vigilante groups like S. Central PA Child Predator Exposure, but they aren't being arrested

If past evidence from the numerous articles I've posted is any indication, this group is either full of convicted criminals or they are distributing pictures of a questionable nature themselves.

Vigilante Facebook group targets sex offenders; local man facing charges
By:  Kendra Nichols
Posted: Jan 28, 2019 07:03 PM EST

Updated: Jan 29, 2019 09:26 AM EST

MT. HOLLY SPRINGS, Pa. (WHTM) - Brandi Lehrian is on a mission to expose child sexual predators.

"We have exposed about 31 guys," she said.

Brandi is the founder of the South Central Child Predator Exposure group on Facebook. Volunteers with the group pose as underage girls on social media apps like Whisper, Kik and Facebook in hopes of catching child predators. They wait for the person to contact them first.

"Once they become sexual and they agree to meet, we meet them and expose them," said Brandi.

The group will then post the video to its page and to a YouTube channel to publicly shame the men.

Keith Linzey, 43, was recently featured on the group's website. He went to a gas station thinking he was meeting a 15-year-old girl. Instead, Brandi and another volunteer were there to meet him with their cell phone camera rolling.

"My goal is to bring awareness to everybody, to know who is out there and what they are doing and try to get them arrested and get them off the streets," said Brandi.

Mount Holly Springs police received an anonymous tip about the video featuring Linzey.

"At that point, we just went and knocked on the door just to see if he would talk to us about the anonymous tips. He freely admits the whole thing," said Andrew Wolfe, a detective for the Mt. Holly Springs Police Department.

Police could not charge Linzey with attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl since there was no real victim and it was not a sting by law enforcement, but while Wolfe was at the home, he discovered child pornography on Linzey's cell phone.

"He had some very deep sexual demons in his mind. It is not OK. He cannot be on the street," said Wolfe.

While they are glad he is off the street, police don't necessarily support what the group is doing.

"I would say that they are treading a very thin line. They could get shot," said Wolfe.

"They have said to us that we are vigilantes. They are afraid we are going to get hurt, which I understand, but to me, kids' safety is more important than my own," said Lehrian

Brandi says she's not done exposing child predators.

"I have at least 40 people in my phone right now," she said.

Linzey has been charged with one count of possession of child pornography. Police say it is an ongoing investigation and more charges are expected.