Bangor adopts new residency restrictions for sex offenders

11:03 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Bangor city councilors have passed a new ordinance that will place restrictions on where registered sex offenders can live in the city.

It says that convicted sex offenders can now no longer live within 750 feet of any school or public place used mostly by young children. The new rule would only apply to those who committed sex crimes against victims that were under the age of 14 at the time.

The Bangor council rejected a similar ordinance in 2010. On Monday night, not all members were for this one. Some said the new rule would unfairly profile people in the city. They also feel it won't prevent sex crimes as many happen within families.

"Pedophiles groom," remarked councilor Pat Blanchette, who voted against the new ordinance, "they don't just go out and pick up a kid on the street in two hours and take them home and do what they want...they befriend this child."

"If you had that choice between to live in a regulated community and a non regulated community..where would you do it?," asked councilor Charlie Longo, who voted in favor of the rule, "You would live in a place where you can have free reign..where you can have freedom..you would live in a place like Bangor is now...so this is just one small step in the right direction."

Under the new rule, sex offenders currently living close to schools and playgrounds will not have to move. It will take effect in the city in 10 days.

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