Sex offender faces eviction notice deadline in Plano

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by REBECCA LOPEZ

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Posted on September 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 2:21 AM

PLANO — Josh Gravens is on a mission to keep a roof over his family's head.

“I'm trying to give my family a place to live, and we don't want to be homeless, and that could be a result of this," he said.

Cross Creek Apartments told Gravens, his wife, and four children they have to be out of their apartment by October 1. They got an eviction notice saying he failed to tell the complex he's a registered sex offender.

Gravens said he told them his story before he moved in.

On Saturday morning, he demanded to see his leasing paperwork to prove his point.

The complex manager refused to let Gravens into the office.

“I’m sorry, Josh," she said. "You guys are not allowed on my property, and you need to contact the attorney."

The complex manager told News 8 to leave and refused to answer questions.

“I had no idea that every time we turned around as a family — trying to be a good father and be a husband — that this would continue to be an issue well into adulthood," Gravens said.

Gravens is required to register as a sex offender until he's 31 years old. He's now 26.

When he was 12 years old, Gravens inappropriately touched his sister. "A childhood indiscretion," he said. "I was not mature enough to make a decision that I did."

After his mother asked their church for help, a counselor there turned Gravens in to police. He spent three years in juvenile detention.

He says he was just a kid, but now is labeled a "sex offender" and can't catch a break.

“It surprises me every day the leaps and bounds that I have to go through to stay in compliance and to give my family a home and to make an income," Gravens said.

He said he’s back in college working on a degree, and hasn't been in trouble again. He plans to fight the eviction notice in court, and hopes a judge rules that he and his family remain.

E-mail rlopez@wfaa.com

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