Home for sex offenders prompts Marysville family to move

Home for sex offenders prompts Marysville family to move
MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A Marysville woman says her family's life was turned upside down when she learned sex offenders were living next door, and now she hopes her family's story will be a warning to others.

For more than two decades, Michelle Morck and her family made their home in Marysville. They remodeled their house, invested money it in and even started a family business in it.

But over the last few months, that all changed. Her pastry business is now closed and she and her family are facing foreclosure.

The family now lives in a 34-foot boat.

"It's definitely a huge lifestyle change," Michelle said.

KOMO News first introduced viewers to the Morck family in July, when Michelle called the Problem Solvers for help after discovering the vacant home next to hers was housing multiple sex offenders.

Known as the Mack House, the structure is a place for recovering addicts, those with mental health issues and sex offenders.

Pastor John Mack of the Holy Ghost Revival Ministries overseas the house and its occupants.

"Not every sex offender is a child molester," Mack said. "We are doing what we can do to try to isolate our houses from the general population, but no matter where we go somebody's not going to like it."

Michelle pleaded with the Marysville City Council to move the home to another location, but city leaders said that decision would have to be made by the state.

Marysville Councilman Michael Stevens lives not far from the Mack House and said he's hopeful proposed legislation will place limitations on when and where sex offenders can be placed after their released.

"Particularly when it first unfolded, there were days where I was physically ill thinking about it and losing sleep, thinking what in the world can we do?" Stevens said.

Officials from the Department of Corrections say restricting the program would keep offenders in prison past their release date or put them on the streets. They say those who qualify for the housing have done everything they're required to do, and the public is safer when an offender has stable housing.

"By the Mack House doing what it does, it's good for the community because it keeps these guys from being homeless," Mack said.

Mack said he understands community's fear, but warns that limiting the number of sex offenders per home could spell trouble.

"That's more dangerous than anything because they can operate in privacy, they can bring a little child into their house and nobody's there," he said.

Since moving onto the boat, the Morck's sense of security is restored, but the family is drowning financially.

"Realistically, who's going to want to purchase this home either commercially or as a residence due to what's next door?" Michelle said.

Mack said he would consider buying the Morck's home once it's listed in foreclosure.