On Monday (July 13), the Greeley Police Department (GPD) announced that a sexually violent predator will be moving into the Greeley area.

According to The Greeley Tribune, officials convicted 41-year-old Wayne Snelling of second-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 15 in Wyoming in 2014.

The publication reports that Snelling is currently a transient, has no registered address, is unemployed, and drives a white 1999 Ford F-150.

The Colorado Department of Parole and the Colorado Department of Probation are not supervising Snelling at this time, but if residents see him acting suspiciously, they are advised to call 911.

The GPD is required to notify the public when a sex offender movies into their area; however, law enforcement cannot legally stop offenders from living there.

Snelling is just one of the six people tracked as sexually violent predators living in Greeley. More information about sex offenders living in Colorado can be found here. 

Along with the news about Snelling, the GPD also revealed the following safety tips for parents:

  • Remember that when children are abused, it is often by someone they know
  • Avoid using scary tactics when talking to children about abuse
  • Teach children basic sex education
  • Remind children that sexual advances from adults are against the law
  • Do not force children to express affection with friends or relatives
  • Stress the importance of reporting abuse to a trusted adult
  • Educate children about common lures used by child molesters/abductors

More safety tips can be found here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing trauma from sexual abuse, contact the Greeley Police Victim's Services, Weld County Law Enforcement Victim's Services, the Sexual Assault Victim's Advocacy Center (SAVA), or A Kid's Place.

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