Sex Offender Law Called Into Question

Could a ruling in an Ohio courtroom have an impact on where Kentucky sex offenders can live?

That ruling has to do with the restriction that keeps sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of a school.

The Ohio Supreme Court said Wednesday that offenders can not be booted from their home if they owned it and committed their crime before the distance restriction became law.

But Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt thinks that ruling. won't have much of an affect on Kentucky.

She says the state is actually looking to extend living restrictions to include sex offenders living near youth centers.

Witt says for now, the sheriff's department will continue to enforce the living restrictions on sex offenders.


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  • by Tony Location: Louisville Area on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:18 PM
    I am a sex offender, and I agree that child sex offenses are the most horrable crime that can be committed. However, not all of us are the monsters that you see on TV. With counseling, I now understand that I was wrong in the way I was thinking, and have served my time. I am doing all I can to stay within the guidelines of the law. But with more of the extream cases of child abduction and murder showing up on TV, the laws are getting worse and are making it almost impossibe to legally live in any major city. There are schools, daycares, and parks everywhere. So the few places that a sex offender can live at gets several offenders living there. Then the neighbors complain that there are too many living in so close of an area. I know most of you don't care, but where are we supposed to live? I agree it's a bad idea for a sex offender to live near schools and such. But if you want people to follow the laws, you have to make laws that are able to be followed, and allow us to live.
  • by patsy Location: indiana/ky girl on Feb 7, 2009 at 06:56 PM
    where are offenders to live? they are put out of they home they can't get work because of being a felony. that is why most go back to jail. give those who try to do right thing by wishing to work to care for their family a chance give them some place to live and every offender is not a child preditor. if a man rape a nurse which place is more chance to re-offend a school or hospital?comment sense please. and what about these guys who took plea bargians because they had no money for a lawyer and could not prove they were not guity. please all you guy all there don't take a plea deal --make the law prove it.
  • by constitutionalfights Location: Ohio on Feb 22, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    Kentucky citizens..stand for your Constitutional rights ! Join the fight and get more info about these draconian laws at www.constitutionalfights.org
  • by bill Location: lexington on Feb 22, 2008 at 07:22 AM
    in that case why not make everyone who has ever been convicted of any crime register? why not make all crimes public record on a website? seems like a double standard to me...
  • by Mother Location: russell on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    I will tell you why pick on sicko sex offenders, they attack our most innocent, our children anyone who hurts a child DOES NOT DESERVE ANYTHING as far as I am concerned, throw them all in a cell and let them have at each other oh I forgot they like LITTLE INOCENT CHILDREN not someone sick like them, if you ck your statistics sex offenders are more likely to reoffend than any other criminal, at least a murderer puts them out of there misery, not a sex offender he lets them have to live the rest of there lives scarred by that piece of trash
  • by Laura Location: Danville, KY on Feb 21, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    Why don't we have a registry for murderer's also? They are just as likely to strike again. Why only pick on sex offenders?
  • by momoftwo Location: Lexington on Feb 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    Sure, they've done their time, but are they reformed? Likely NOT. The other comments worry me. I want to know if offenders are near my house or my childrens' schools or where I work. There are mean people out there and sex-crimes are, to me, the worst abuse ever. I don't want my children exposed to that. The registry can help -- the stricter the better.
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:36 AM
    I think the Ohio Supreme Court is right (and believe me I hate Ohio). How can you legislate, after the fact, that someone who has owned a home for 20 years and has it paid for that they have to sell their home immediately (housing market sucks) and move somewhere else and buy another home and go into debt again, particularly if the house has been their home for generations?!? I don't want any criminals living near me, but I don't have any chance to get rid of them unless I shoot them all which isn't feasible (or legal). Some say they do this to sex offenders because they are likely to re-offend...but guess what, drug dealers re-offend, a thief once is a thief for life, the list goes on but we don't do this to them. I think this law is completely unconstitutional because it singles out one group of offenders who are no more likely to re-offend than any other common criminal. Let's create "Felon County, KY" and put them all there instead. How silly does that sound?
  • by granny Location: monticello on Feb 21, 2008 at 06:05 AM
    this is dum.the people done there time ,leave them alone
  • by Mike Elmore Location: Lexington on Feb 21, 2008 at 01:19 AM
    This has gone far enough. Offenses such as this are the only ones that follow after you have served your time. You must register on a publicly searchable list, you must announce your crime to everyone in the neighborhood, and anywhere you plan to move . Now you must find a place that doesn't conflict with these restrictions. Why do we not mandate the same for convicted and released murders, drug dealers, drug users, child neglect, arsonists, thieves... If we are going to require these sex offenders to be hounded by their crime for the rest of their lives I see no reason not to have it follow other criminals for the rest of their life. While we are at it... Lets require everyone to publicly post their criminal record on their mailboxes at the road so you know everything your neighbor has done and whether you want them living next to you.
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