Convicted sex offender accused of re-offending, molesting 2 teenage girls in Sanger

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On Greenwood Avenue in Sanger, families are already conscientious of their surroundings. (KFSN)

On Greenwood Avenue in Sanger, families are already conscientious of their surroundings. News of a reoffending sex offender has some even more disturbed.

"I don't feel like living here anymore. The saying says once you do it once he will do it again," said Alvarez.

Alvarez is neighbors with 53-year-old Edward Lira.

A man facing multiple felony charges, including sex acts with a child under 14. Investigators arrested him this week after two teenage girls accused him of abuse, dating back to 2005.

"Maybe they just hit a breaking point. If that's the case we're glad they did because it was time to put a stop to this and hold him accountable for what he did to them," said Tony Botti.

This is not Lira's first arrest. He was convicted back in 1995 of similar sex acts. Since his release, he is always been in compliance with his registration requirements.

Deputies and neighbors say they never suspected anything.

"He just appeared like a normal person. He was always serious. He didn't talk. When I would trim the yard he would pass along and would greet me," said Alvarez.

Investigators say Lira rented out a room inside this home.

We reached out to the owner of the house who said even he was not aware of Lira's criminal history.

His conviction though is listed on California's Megan's Law website.

"This is something that could have been stopped a long time ago if maybe that route was taken, but unfortunately here we are 12 years later having to investigate this," said Botti.

Deputies say given Lira was not a relative of the victims in this case but did know them from prior interactions with their family.

They also suspect more victims may be out there.
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