Former Micro-City Government Director Ron Berry Among Convicted Sex Offenders Arrested For Not Moving

A new law is in effect barring where convicted sex offenders can live.
The law bars offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, playgrounds and other places where children gather.

Early Wednesday morning, officials were out in Lexington finding those not in compliance. Under the law, some sex offenders can be forced from their homes or arrested.

Wednesday morning the Fayette County Sheriff's Department went to the homes of offenders who did not move.

Sheriff Kathy Witt says deputies arrested 13 of 50 offenders who were non compliant. They are now searching for the remaining 37.

The 13 arrested this morning appeared in court this Wednesday afternoon by video arraignment to answer to the misdemeanor charge.

All of them pleaded not guilty. The sex offenders were given a one thousand dollar bond, but will have to stay in jail until they set up a permanent residence that meets the new guild-lines.

Among the sex offenders arrested for not moving was Ron Berry.

Ron Berry was back in the spotlight Wednesday, again for violating the law. This time the 62-year old who was convicted in 2000 on 12 counts of sodomy with children under the age of 16 refused to move away from a local park.

Berry refused to obey the law and didn't move more than a 1000 feet from Green Acres Park. Berry, you'll remember is the former director of Micro City Government. He was convicted in 2000 of sodomy for abusing some of those he was supposed to help.

Since then nearly 100 people have come forward claiming they were sexually abused by Berry.

Wednesday, he was in court charged with a class A misdemeanor for failing to move his residency away from a park.

Now, he will remain in jail until he finds a place to live that abides by the new sex offender law.

Along with the criminal case, there is a civil case still pending against the city of Lexington. It involves nearly 100 plaintiffs who claim Berry was working for the city when they were abused.

The city has already paid out nearly 3 million dollars to settle two previous lawsuits and this one, which is still active could pay out close to one billion dollars.