Arkansas father Shelton Kitchens made an amazing public statement after he found out his neighbor, a 21-year-old man, was engaged in a sexual relationship with Kitchens’ 16-year-old daughter.
According to KTVI-TV, Shelton Kitchens made a handmade sign to warn passerbys about the man — but only after law enforcement officials told Kitchens he could not file criminal charges in the case, since the age of consent in Arkansas is 16.
In an interview with WREG-TV, Kitchens explained why he put the sign, which reads: “Danger! Child molester lives in first house on the right!” and started a public awareness campaign against the man.
“I want awareness put to other parents so they don’t have to go through what I’ve gone through the last few days,” the father said.
Kitchens explained how it all happened, saying the man lives near Kitchens’ tire shop and that his daughter got “lured in by puppies.”
“I find my daughter like she’s almost eaten alive. It’s sickening when you raise her shirt and look at it. Hickeys all over,” he continued.
Not only is the father posting the signs around town as a form of revenge, but he also hopes it will make a statement to the state of Arkansas. Kitchens said he hopes the age of consent will be raised from 16 to 18.
Some who saw the sign told WREG Kitchens’ anger was misplaced.
“The only thing he can really do is be mad at his daughter,” one man interviewed said. “He can’t be mad at that guy.”
The father is also focusing on his daughter. He said she is traumatized and will have to undergo therapy.
While some might disagree with this outraged father’s actions, his reaction to the incident is not only understandable, but commendable. Instead of taking physical action against the man having sex with his daughter, Kitchens is using the experience to try to get a change in state law.