New Sex Offender Law Takes Effect Wednesday

Starting this Wednesday, registered sex offenders will not be allowed to live near school, churches, or playgrounds. The new law is creating controversy before it even goes into effect.

Richard Brown likes bringing his daughters to the playground. He says he wants them to have fun, but he also wants them to be safe, so he's glad a new law won't allow registered sex offenders to live near the area.

"You shouldn't be allowed around kids if you do something like that," Brown said.

The new law states sex offenders can't live within one thousand feet of a school, church, or playground.

"It's all about protecting our kids around sex offenders," Floyd County Sheriff John K. Blackburn said.

Local officers say they will be enforcing the law, even if it means making a registered sex offender move.

"Because children need to be protected and watched closely especially when sex offenders live in the county," Blackburn said.

Just taking a look at the state sex offender registry, 40 sex offenders live in Floyd County alone, but some people think the new law could mean even more could live here.

"The way the law is written, you basically can't live in a city so those folks will have no choice but to move to rural areas," said Attorney Ned Pillersdorf.

Lawyers in Louisville are challenging the law, saying it's unfair to make people leave their homes, but local officer's see it differently.

"I don't think there's anything unfair when it comes to sex offender against children," Blackburn said.

But those against the law say it's not the right way to protect children.

"The most effective way to track sex offenders is not telling them where they can and cannot live, it's really to use technology to track them," Pillersdorf said.

Richard Brown says he still supports the law because he thinks it's the best for his little girls.

"When they're older, they can get out play by themselves and not have to worry about somebody doing something wrong to them," Brown said.

The new law is scheduled to go into effect this Wednesday unless a judge stops it.

Kentucky isn't the only state dealing with this issue. Iowa, Indiana, and Georgia also recently passed the new law.


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