Aiken County looks to change sex offender law

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 Midday, August 23, 2007

AIKEN CTY, S.C.-- Aiken County's sex offender law could change in less than a month, and council members are giving you a chance to make a difference.

The county council has passed the second of three readings on a new ordinance to change the county's sex offender laws.

The council is concerned on how the state categorizes sex offenders.

And while the county can't change state laws, they can help protect the children in Aiken County.

The new law would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to hang around or live within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, church, school or any area where minors hang out.

Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie says the council is trying to protect, while being fair.

"We don't want them to be punished their entire life for something that wasn't a true sexual crime."

The suggested new rules are based on Georgia's new sex offender law. The council is worried sex offenders from Georgia will move over to South Carolina.

McKenzie stresses parents are still the number 1 safeguard from sex offenders.

The final reading will be on September 18th. If passed, it will become law in Aiken.


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  • by JOANNE Location: JACKSON on Sep 19, 2007 at 05:11 AM
    Doesn't everyone realize that it does not matter where these people live, work, play, etc. If they are going to commit an offense, they are going to commit the offence regardless of where they live. All this is going to do is force these offenders underground, and then we will not know where they are at all. Parent awareness is the key!!!
  • by AT Location: Augusta on Sep 6, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    Personally, I think that every state ought to have a sex offender law. While I don't really know of all the states that have one. But I feel most strongly that South Carolina should have one. This law is designed to protect children from men or women, who in there preverted minds, think that sexually assaulting kids is fun. So come on people, protect our kids!
  • by LM Location: Aiken on Aug 27, 2007 at 02:06 PM
    Please do your research before you pass this. It is extremely costly to the county tax payers and the police force are well aware of those who are registered that are dangerous. This law would only put children more at risk from those who don't register than from those you live near these places.
  • by tj Location: aike county on Aug 25, 2007 at 09:07 PM
    where do the ones that are not really guilty of this live. the law can be stupid at times.
  • by jean Location: aiken co on Aug 25, 2007 at 09:03 PM
    while i suport the law on sex offenders. i don't again when it in the case of ones who were sentenced based on someones word olny. to many people are lieing saying things happened that didnt. the law does not care. 60% of these people are not guilty.
  • by Robert Location: Minneapolis on Aug 25, 2007 at 06:16 PM
    "The new law would make it illegal for registered sex offenders to hang around [a] church" Wow! They can't go to church -- or they go for the service but then must immediately leave? THAT will make them sit up and fly straight, for a certainty! Were I not from a Southern family (MS), I'd be rolling on the floor laughing at y'all. But acts like this just make me ashamed of my heritage.
  • by Gill Location: aiken on Aug 24, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    Stupid,stupid,stupid.
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