FILE – in This 2016 photo provided by the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Wanda Barzee. Barzee, who have helped with the kidnap of Utah’s Elizabeth Smart, the life is a few blocks away from an elementary school in Salt Lake City after her release from prison in September. Utah’s online sex-offender registry lists 73-year-old Barzee as living in a house near a school for children from pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade. Federal social workers is not a phone message, but Barzee’s supervised release guidelines appear not to prohibit the agreement. (Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
SALT LAKE CITY – A woman who helped with the kidnap of Utah’s Elizabeth Smart is one of the lives a number of blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school after her release from prison in September, according to Utah’s sex-offender registry.
Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the register as living in an apartment in the vicinity of the school after its initial placement in a halfway house after she was released on parole much earlier than expected, in spite of her refusal to cooperate with mental health professionals, while in the prison.
Federal social workers returned from a text message Monday seeking a comment about the space in the near Parkview elementary School.
Barzee was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2010, after she pleaded guilty to helping her husband, street preacher Brian David Mitchell, who kidnapped Smart at knifepoint in 2002 when she was 14, and repeatedly raped her. Smart was held captive for nine months before she was found and rescued.
Smart, now 31, has become a child safety advocate, and is married with three young children. They had no immediate comment about Barzee living in the vicinity of the school, according to her spokesperson, Chris Thomas.
Smart has been criticized Barzee the release, which came more than five years earlier than expected, after the Utah Board of Pardons and parole determined it had miscalculated the time, Barzee was required to serve in prison.
Smart called it “incomprehensible” that someone who has not had, together with her mental health evaluations or risk assessments could be rented, but also said that they would not let Barzee the release stop with the hairs of her life.
Barzee is where five years under the supervision of the federal release. The release guidelines do not seem to have restrictions on how close they can live to a school.
Sex offenders in Utah are prohibited from going to school, according to the rules.
The school, which students from kindergarten through the fifth grade, is closed for the winter break.
Yandary Chatwin, a spokeswoman for the Salt Lake City School District, had no immediate comment.