PORTLAND, Tenn. --
A Portland mom is hoping her warning sign will notify others of a potential danger living on her street that has already hurt her daughter.
Tracey Kaylor said she hopes by placing a bright pink poster at the end of her street, she’ll warn people of the convicted and registered sex offender who lives one door away.
Patrick Barnett spent six months in jail for aggravated sexual battery involving Kaylor's 8-year-old daughter. The assault happened in 2007.
"He stares at her when we drive by. It's just really scary. It's a scary thing to live beside him and know he's there," Kaylor said.
Barnett said there's another side to the story, but declined to elaborate.
But he said that he lived in the home prior to the offense and that because of a loophole in Tennessee law, he's allowed to move back there unless a judge ordered otherwise.
In June, Sumner County Judge Dee Gay granted Barnett parole but didn't specify where he could live.
Barnett is required to wear a GPS monitoring device and be on lifetime supervision.
Kaylor said Barnett served only six months of his three-year sentence
and that he's too close to her daughter and a church pre-school that's right across the street."There's only one house between us," Kaylor said.
Under Tennessee law, Barnett isn't doing anything wrong, and he is listed on the sex offender registry. But because the victim lives so close, the victim's family believes the law should be changed to keep the scenario from happening again.
Barnett wasn't a stranger to the family. Kaylor said she considered Barnett a friend prior to what happened to her daughter.