A small Colorado city has ruled that sex offenders can now live closers to schools and parks where children play. Registered sex offenders in the city of Greeley were barred from living within 750 feet of a school or park, but a judge has now reduced that to 300 feet. The move is identical to that of what happened in the Colorado town of Englewood, who had restricted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks. However, a judge decided that was unconstitutional because it made 99 percent of the community off-limits to sex offenders and removed it from the books.
Greeley Police Chief Tom Norton told local reporters that he felt sex offenders being able to hold a job and stable place to live helped with rehabilitation. He also cited research by the Colorado Department of Public Safety that says a sex offender’s proximity to schools and parks has no bearing on whether he will commit another crime. John Gates, a member of the city council, also endorsed the verdict because he felt it would keep sex offenders from going “off the grid” due to housing restrictions.
The Northern Colorado Gazette reported last July that pedophiles in the area were starting to push the same rights and protection status in the state as homosexuals. Harvard Health Publications wrote in July 2010 that “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”
(Photo: Appling County Sheriff’s Office)