Neighbors Concerned About High-Risk Sex Offender Recently Arrested

Neighbors Concerned About High-Risk Sex Offender Recently Arrested

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - A registered sex offender is back behind bars in Ector County.

Deputies picked him up on Tuesday after he allegedly masturbated in front of a child.

Neighbors say unfortunately they're used to the man's lewd behavior.

"I feel weird, it doesn't feel safe sometimes," one neighbor who didn't want to be identified, said.

That's how several residents who live in the 3500 block of Wingate feel about their neighbor, William Von-Ende.

Ector County deputies arrested the 44-year-old for indecency with a child by exposure.

Von-Ende was allegedly masturbating outside in a driveway in plain sight of a 12-year-old.

"It makes me feel sick to my stomach, I guess," the neighbor said. "I don't think he should be doing that in front of little kids."

According to the DPS sex offender website, Von-Ende was convicted of the same crime back in 2005. That case involved a 14-year-old girl. He's considered a high risk and the sheriff's office said he's been arrested several times for indecent exposure.

NewsWest 9 spoke with several neighbors. The majority didn't want to be on camera but they all said they felt uncomfortable knowing Von-Ende lives nearby.

Several residents said this isn't the first time they've seen Von-Ende doing disturbing things around the neighborhood.

"He wears high heels, he wears skirts, bikinis," the neighbor said. "I've seen him riding on his motorcycle naked with his bra."

Even Von-Ende's photos on the DPS website show a significant change in his appearance.

"Nasty is what I think of," the neighbor said. "It grosses me out. I mean I have nothing against him but it's weird."

Von-Ende is being held on a $25,000 bond.