New Sex Offender Law Unconstitutional

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Judge rules residency laws against sex offenders unconstitutional

A judge dismissed charges against three convicted sex offenders who were arrested for living too close to schools and a youth treatment center.

Jefferson District Judge Donald Armstrong Junior said the men can't be charged because the three men were convicted before a new state law went into effect.

The new law bars sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of the property line of places like schools and day care centers.

The old state law required sex offenders to live at least a thousand feet away from the building itself.

The new law applies to all offenders, even if they are no longer under any type of judicial supervision.

Initial violations are misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in prison.

The Jefferson County Attorney's office may file an appeal, and Armstrong said in his ruling that the issue will be decided by a higher court.

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