It was reported by Greg Hardesty of the OC Register, that registered sex offenders shall be place on notice if this new ordinance passes, that they could be charged with a new crime if the visit certain parks and playgrounds. The proposal goes to the Board of Supervisors next month.
The law is designed to keep sexual predators away from places where children gather. If the law passes, it would add to existing state laws that inform the public where registered sex offenders live and restrict how close registrants can live to schools and parks. Under Jessica’s Law, passed by California voters in November 2006, sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of any school and park.
Under the proposed law, violators could be punished with a misdemeanor offense and up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Orange County has nearly 60,000 acres of parkland and open spaces, nature preserves, harbors and beaches, where children regularly gather, according to a news release issued by the DA’s office.
The law would bar Orange County sex offenders from visiting any county-owned, leased, operated or maintained land held as a harbor, beach, park or recreation area frequented by children.
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