Sex offender restrictions tightened

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

Gainesville, TX -- The city of Gainesville now has harsher regulations for sex offenders.

City councilmembers voted tonight to approve an ordinance requiring offenders to live at least 2,000 feet from schools, parks, arcades and similar areas.

Also, officials can fine and sue policy violators.

Until now, there were no city regulations, instead, officials enforced state regulations, which only require sex offenders to live 1,000 feet away from areas where children gather.


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  • by Opinionated Location: Ardmore on Mar 7, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    Well, we could always make this a crime punishable by death. And the reason for the 2000, just over a quarter mile, is to make it more difficult to be around a lot of kids. Surely you don't want them living next to a school or park do you?
  • by Amy on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:06 PM
    Here is a comment I made on a related story: It's not the registered sex offenders you need to worry about... you need to worry about the ones that haven't been caught yet! And I don't know what good these regulations will do anyway. So what if a sex offender lives 2,000 ft away from a school... don't they usually end up molesting kids who live in their neighborhood? (Or is this just rules the officials are coming up with so the public will be fooled into thinking that the gov't is trying to do something about the sex offender problem?)
  • by Karyn Location: Kington on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:03 PM
    Diana - you can look up Oklahoma sex offenders on line here http://docapp8.doc.state.ok.us/servlet/page?_pageid=426&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30
  • by Willy Location: USA on Mar 5, 2008 at 02:12 PM
    So who decided that 2000 was the right figure to protect kids? What kind of research was done? Oh, thats right they are legistors, they dont need research. More feel-good legislation for votes in election. Pleaseee.....
  • by Ben Keeling Location: Durant Ok on Mar 5, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    there should be a line though, my cousin riding a church bus when it was crowded let a 13 yr old sit on his lap he's 18 and patted her on the side of the leg went and got charged and has to be a sex offender for life he never get's to see my kids or any of his neices or nephews in most cases yes give them all u can give but in this case! in all reality because sexual harrasment is so high and everything a man should just not talk to a woman...
  • by Diana Crumley Location: Madill OK on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    I wish the register would be harsher here in oklahoma, especially Marshall County, you have to PHYSICALLY go down town an veiw them like a museum it needs to private and less embarassing for those who just want to protect their children and families.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    YOU KNOW WE NEED TO JUST BUILD A HOUSING UNIT FOR SEX OFFENDERS WITH A GUARD SHACK AND THEY CAN NOT GO GET GROCERYS OR NOTHING UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT AND THAT WAY THEY WILL BE WATCHED FOR THE REST OF THERE LIVES THAT IS 2000 FT FROM EVERYTHING. I MEAN BELIEVE IN ME I AM WITH GAINSVILLE BUT BE REALISTIC WE CAN KEEP THEM 2000 FT BUT HELL THEY WOULD BE BETTER JUST KEPT IN PRISON TO ME THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO GET OUT.
  • by billy Location: denison on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    We need laws like this to
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