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Nelson County parents concerned as kids head back to class with dangerous man still on the run

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NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nelson County Sheriff's Deputies are still looking for a registered sex offender who is considered armed and dangerous.

As Christmas break comes to an end, parents are worried for their children's safety when they head to the bus stop Monday morning.

“There are too many places to hide,” said Tanya Johnson, who has an elementary student.

Officials say Stephen Halsey has a long criminal history that includes burglary, assault, arson and rape.

He's also a registered sex offender.

“We’ve been avoiding being outside as much as we can, because there's so much woods around here," Johnson said. "He could sneak up behind you and you'd never know it."

But come Monday morning, Johnson's son and other Nelson County students will have to head back to class after being off for break … many of whom wait outside for the bus.

“It's dark when they come out. There are trees lining the roads, so he could be behind any of the trees,” Johnson said.

The Sheriff's Office says Halsey has been spotted on deer cameras near Patton and Ice Town Roads. Deputies have been searching the woods and are coming up with a plan to keep the kids safe who have to catch the bus for school.

Earlier this week, officials said they believe a change in the weather will help them find him.

"The temperature's starting to drop, so that's an advantage on us. He's going to be out in buildings or sheds or anything that can cut the wind down,” said Nelson County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Ramon Pineiroa.

Halsey has been roaming the rural area since he ditched his parole supervision less than a month after being released from prison.

Living in her home for 12 years, Johnson says this is the first time she's been afraid.

“It's like you are really on your guard the whole time you get out of the car and come into the house,” she said.

And when it's time for her son to catch the bus, she has a plan of her own.

“I'm planning on sitting in the car with him until the bus gets here, but I don't know if other kids have that option in the mornings,” Johnson said.

Related:

Sheriff's Office: Wanted man likely hiding in woods in Nelson County

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