ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – People in a downtown Albuquerque neighborhood are speaking out tonight after a sex offender is accused of exposing himself to kids on a playground.
At least four people reported seeing the man pulling down his pants in front of four- and five-year-olds at a preschool.
“It is scary, very scary,” MaryLee Rios, who lives in the area, said. “I could hear them all going and yelling to their teachers.”
A sex offender allegedly revealed his genitals to at least give children.
“It is a scary situation for anybody, especially kids,” Rios said.
The criminal complaint states 27-year-old Jacob Segura stood shirtless, dropping his pants and boxers, exposing himself through a fence at Escuela Del Sol Montessori school.
One witness even said Segura was talking to the children.
“That is pretty sad,” neighbor Ronald Escamilla said. “I feel for those kids and what not.”
News 13 spotted crews putting up a tarp this afternoon along the school’s fence, blocking the view in and out of the playground.
Segura has a lengthy criminal history in New Mexico dating back to 2012 that includes drugs, sexual exploitation of children and failing to register as a sex offender.
“I would love to see them put somewhere to solve their problems instead of letting them out here roaming around like that,” Escamilla said.
Neighbors now want to warn their community to pay close attention to their surroundings.
“I think I just need to ask all the neighbors to be more aware,” Rios said.
Segura had his first court appearance this morning.
The state filed a motion for preventative detention, meaning he will stay locked up until he appears in district court.
In a statement, Escuela del Sol Montessori Executive Director and Head of School Friedje vanGils said:
“Escuela del Sol has “lived” in the Wells Park / Downtown neighborhood at Mountain and 7th street since the early 1980’s. In that time, we have worked with our neighbors and the community at large to make this area an attractive, safe, wonderful place to live and work.
Escuela del Sol is a community school that exists in service to the people of New Mexico. Through our Harwood Art Center and our work in classrooms, we are continually cultivating safety and belonging for all those that call our city home, especially the students, families and artists for whom our campus is home base.
Homelessness and mental health issues are wounds in our community that we must address collectively. Escuela del Sol’s deepest commitment is to cultivating an environment that is safe and generative; we continue that commitment especially in the face of challenging moments like the one that happened Friday. The physical, emotional and mental safety of our school community is integral to our mission.”-Friedje vanGils, Executive Director and Head of School