Sex offender back on the streets after multiple arrests for groping others


DECATUR, Ga. (CBS46) — Stalking and chasing women, indecent exposure, taking indecent liberties with children — the list goes on and on, and Robert McKenzie just keeps on offending.

“I think it’s just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt,” said Kate Sandhaus who’s lived in Decatur for more than 12 years.

“My understanding is the police pick him up, he goes to court, is in jail for some short stint, then gets right back out,” said Sandhaus, who reported being harassed by sex offender McKenzie back in 2017. 

Social media is awash with claims of harassment from McKenzie, including pictures of incidents that have taken place.

A violent sex offender is continually allowed back into an Atlanta community after multiple arrests. We ask authorities why this keeps happening. Details @cbs46 #atlanta #crime

— Jamie S Kennedy (@Jamie_S_Kennedy) January 23, 2020

Homeowners in Decatur and DeKalb County say McKenzie frequently rides a bike around the streets intoxicated and causing trouble.

“My question is why can’t he be held? There is certainly enough menacing and threatening and violent stories where you wouldn’t expect him to be put right back out onto the streets,” said Sandhaus.

His latest arrest happened Jan. 21. McKenzie was released the next day.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy asked the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office why McKenzie is continually allowed back into the community.

In a statement, a spokeswoman said:

“We appreciate your inquiry. This case remains under investigation by law enforcement. Once the matter is forwarded to our Office, we will review the facts, circumstances, and evidence to make a determination regarding the appropriate course of action.”

Homeowners warn that while this man is allowed to roam the streets, no one is safe.

“Honestly, as a parent, having your child ride through a park with a known sex offender who is also known to be violent and dangerous and really unstable is very concerning,” said Sandhaus.

In at least two of McKenzie’s arrests in the city of Atlanta, officers stated they confiscated knives from him. In one police report, the officer said McKenzie told him, “When I get out I will f— you in the a–.”

Georgia’s sex offender website states that McKenzie is a ‘sexually dangerous predator’ stemming from a 2004 case in Virginia in which McKenzie was convicted of indecent liberties with a minor.

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