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1/31/07-Jacksonville

Local Mom Fights To Keep Sex Offenders Away From Children

Joyce Lobb is the mother of two kids in Jacksonville schools. Recently, she proposed an ordinance to the city council banning all sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of schools or playgrounds.

"I think it's for the parents' peace of mind, and it's just an alert to say, 'Hey, you don't need to go in these areas,'  If you're a sexual predator that preys on young children, you are tempted," says Lobb.

Police Chief Reece Daniel advised the city council that a local ordinance would be very difficult to enforce.

"The problem with that is not all sex offenders register as they are supposed to. We file on people regularly for not registering or for failing to register a new address," says Daniel.

Another problem, he says, is offenders who were unaware of the local ordinance might buy or rent a house, never knowing they were living in a restricted area. He believes a statewide measure would be more effective.

"I believe if it was a state statute then, as a person was convicted, they would be notified by the judge of that condition.  It would be something that would be above board, out in the open.  It wouldn't be a hit and miss thing with various communities," says Daniel.

With the chiefs encouragement, Lobb is now calling on local representatives to try and get a piece of legislation proposed. She knows it will be a long road, but believes it's a critical battle to fight.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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