Letter: Yarmouth needs local law governing sex offenders

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Please plan to attend the Yarmouth Town Council meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Log Cabin to gain information, show support, and speak in favor of a proposed ordinance regarding registered sex offenders living near Yarmouth schools and other places where children play.

The proposed “Sex Offender Residency Restriction Ordinance” would create a buffer zone of 750 feet around the perimeters of the schools and certain other places where children are the primary users. If this ordinance is approved, registered sex offenders convicted of Class A, B, or C sex offenses committed against children under the age of 14 (which includes sexual assault or unlawful sexual contact) would not be allowed to move into a buffer zone.

The town currently has a registered sex offender living in close proximity to three Yarmouth schools. This has drawn attention to the fact that our town does not have an ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from moving into areas where our children play and go to school. Please join me in letting the Town Council know that you support this proposed ordinance.

Alison Hinson
Yarmouth

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