'Pokemon Go' leads players to home for sex offenders

ByABC7.com staff KABC logo
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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Pokemon Go is displayed on a cell phone in Los Angeles on Friday, July 8, 2016.

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- "Pokemon Go," an addictive smartphone game taking the country by storm, may be leading players to a home for sex offenders.

KSBY-TV reports the game has an established "Pokestop" near Sunny Acres, a sober-living facility for alcoholics, addicts, and sex offenders.

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Sunny Acres founder Dan DeVaul said he had "absolutely nothing" to do with putting the "Pokestop" near Sunny Acres, according to KSBY-TV.

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"We have some criminals, we have some alcoholics, we have drug addicts, we have mentally ill, there are some sex offenders, yes," DeVaul told KSBY-TV.

DeVaul stated some of the residents of Sunny Acres could be put at risk of violating parole conditions if children attempt to visit the property due to the "Pokestop."

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"Pokemon Go" allows players to user their smartphone to chase down fictional characters and "catch" them in the real world.

"Pokestops" are specific areas where players can go and stock up on items for the game.

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It was not exactly clear yet how locations for "Pokestops" were selected.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.