GA House looks at closing loophole in sex offender law

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

January 29, 2008

ATLANTA, Ga.---The state House is looking at closing a loophole that led to the state Supreme Court to overturn part of the sex offender law.

A House bill scheduled for a vote today would allow a sex offender who owns a home to vacate it if a center where children gather opens nearby.

The part overturned by the Supreme Court affected offenders who would be forced to move if such a center opened near them.

The latest proposal is still controversial. Opponents say it would leave vast areas of Georgia off-limits to sex offenders.


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  • by GS Location: Martinez on Feb 5, 2008 at 05:59 PM
    All sex offenders aren't serial rapist or child molesters. For some it was a one time thing when they were young, they made a mistake.I know many 'boys and girls'who would registering for live had laws been like this when I was growing up. It's not fair to put all of these people "under the same blanket" with that Riveria guy. Many are trying to get back into the work force and either no one will hire them or it's by a church - even when no one is at the church M-F,9-5. the don't even have a day care! So why can't a reg sex offender work around that kind of church?? I know someone who has had 3 jobs and coldn't stay at any of them for this church reason. Some say they county just wants them to move out of the county but how can they do that with no money and no transportation all because they can't work. Think about it....this law is crazy!!
  • by GS Location: Martinez on Jan 30, 2008 at 03:13 AM
    Sex offenders have committed a crime and put themselves into the situation they are in but I think they should be looked at case by case like many other people who commit crimes.They also have to work to support themselves and sometimes a family. I can understand them not working by a school or day care but a church? A church is not in session M-F,9-5 (unless they have a day care there.) How are they supposted to live if they can't get a job? This law needs to be changed.
  • by bob Location: alpharetta,ga on Jan 29, 2008 at 03:51 PM
    im not a sex offender but i do have a family. if you think about it, every day when you leave home, you most likley will come in contact with. 1.sex offender 2.someone who is on parole or has been, and 3. someone thats been on probation or is on probation. and guess what! you come home everyday and never know that you have come in contact with these people and your O.K.! no i would not like a felon living close to me, just because of all the creepy news storys. but, the people commiting these serious crimes are not on a sex offender registry, its someone you know or that you have contact with. this is why i think this law is totally WRONG. out police are tied up baby-sitting people when they could be using time and money on better things. im all for safty for everyone, but do something that WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by KMH Location: Augusta on Jan 29, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    This Law Is Truly Flawed. When Do We Have THe Right To Convict People Twice. God Will Handle The Truly Ignorant.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 29, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    I think this is a good idea to some extent. Although the majority of sex offenders deserve to be behind bars, there are some that were teenagers doing what teenagers now adays do. Statutory rape is the "grey area" that I have a problem with. Yes, when you hear the word "rape", you visualize a man attacking a female and forcing her to do things against her will. However, with statutory rape, you could have a 19 year old having consentual sex with a 17 year old; the parents of the 17 year old find out; the parents don't like the idea of their "baby girl" having sex or doesn't like the young man she had sex with and prosecutes him. Pedophiles are a completely different race of human beings. They look at a 7 year old child the same way a 30 year old man/woman looks at another 30 year old man/woman. I say these are the type "creeps" this law is aimed towards. Although I don't think grouping consentual sexual acts of teens with those of the pedophiles; I would vote YES to pass this law.
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