Some sex offenders can now live in any Kentucky neighborhood

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A state supreme court ruling is allowing sex offenders to live wherever they like, including near schools, playgrounds and day cares.

The ruling states that sex offenders convicted before 2006 do not have to abide by the law that restricts where they live. Before the Oct. 1 ruling, all convicted sex offenders were restricted on where they could live.

Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt says there are 285 sex offenders in Fayette County, and about two-thirds of them will be able to live wherever they want. Witt says as in the past, deputies will be going to neighborhoods letting residents know when a sex offender moves into there area.

Governor Beshear said Tuesday he wished the ruling was not made because "the safety of our folks and our kids is important." Beshear said he hopes the U.S Supreme Court hears the case and overturns the Kentucky Supreme Court ruling.

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