Raleigh, N.C. — A man convicted of molesting young girls at his north Raleigh home in 2006 has moved back to the neighborhood where some of his victims still live, leaving their parents outraged and a Wake County prosecutor frustrated.
“I was shocked that he would have the nerve to do that,” said one victim’s father, who asked not to be identified.
Donald Cameron, then 65, spent eight months in prison and five years on probation after pleading guilty in 2007 to molesting four neighborhood girls in the front yard of his Shadowbrook Drive home.
Two incidents occurred in March and April 2006 and two incidents occurred more than 10 years previous to that. A student at North Raleigh Christian Academy, where Cameron volunteered in the music library, and a student from another school also claimed Cameron molested them.
Authorities have said he may have been molesting girls for 30 years.
Cameron was not allowed near his victims while on probation. However, after it expired this week, he moved back to the neighborhood where some of the girls – now teenagers – still live.
In December 2009, a new state law took effect allowing courts to order convicted sex offenders not to have contact with their victims for the rest of their lives, but no such protection exists in cases prior to that date.
“It specifically says on the no contact order ‘for offense dates after 12/2009,’ so I don't think there is anything I can do,” said Wake County Prosecutor Melanie Shekita.
“As a prosecutor, it frustrates me. As a citizen, it's tragic,” she added. “It's just unfortunate that he would choose to do that and to put himself in a situation where the girls will have to see him again.”
Shekita says the victims’ parents should seek a restraining order if Cameron tries to contact their daughters.
“I think we're all just a little sick to our stomachs,” said one victim’s father, who learned about Cameron's move from the North Carolina Sex Offender Registry. “The monster is back in his lair and potentially setting traps.”
WRAL News went to Cameron’s house Tuesday. He stood behind the door and said he wants to be left alone.
“I have served the term of my probation, and I just want privacy,” he said.