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Neighbor learns she lived by an accused child predator

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MONROE, La (KNOE 8 News) - Neighbors say it must be a case of a man with two personalities. They're talking about Chris Nixon, the suspect accused of producing child pornography.

One neighbor remembers a young man who liked to garden with her husband and play basketball with her son. It may be a case of neighbors truly not knowing their neighbor.

Living just feet away, Sheila Malone said Nixon seemed like such a nice guy.

'When he got his new camera, he took pictures of Ashton riding his scooter. And he gardened with my husband. He gave him gardening tips," Malone said.  

We were the first to tell Malone what Nixon is accused of.

"I'm shocked because we knew Chris, personally," Malone said.  

Malone said it was nothing for Nixon to come over to their home. Sometimes he would play basketball with her son. Sometimes he would play basketball with him.

"He even wanted to show Ashton his pet snake once. And we both went over to see the snake because Ash ton is never unsupervised," Malone said.  

Sally Thigpen specializes in treating sexually abused children. She says parents should take precautions against child predators

"You may not be able to pick up on sign. Listening and honesty are probably the two most important aspects," Thigpen said.  

Malone said she talks with her son all the time about the threat of predators and never leaves him with people she doesn't know of trust. Thigpen says that's something all parents should put into practice

Thigpen also says there are no textbook signs that a person may be a child predator.

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