Newberry Considering Tougher Sex Offender Restrictions
Currently state law says they can't live within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or daycare; but Newberry's ordinance would go beyond that for sex predators.
At tonight's city commission meeting the commission expanded the list of places sexual offenders and predators had to stay away from.
They will create a 1,000 foot buffer zone around school bus stops, churches, and libraries for sexual offenders and 1,500 foot zone for sexual predators.
"If you're living there now and you violate the terms of your probation then it would have an affect", said Newberry City Attorney, Scott Walker
According to the FDLE database, only eight offenders live in Newberry.
The city attorney says the new buffer zones leave more than 50 percent of the city available for offenders to move in.
The commission will vote on the reworded ordinance at their next meeting in two weeks.
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