Cushing crafts sex offender ordinance, calls for special hearing

By Juliette Laaka | Feb 22, 2013
Photo by: Juliette Laaka

Cushing — A hearing is slated for Monday, Feb. 25 to hear resident comment about a town-crafted ordinance aiming to prohibit individuals charged with sex crimes against children less than age 14 from living within 750 feet of Cushing Community School.

Residents are expected to vote on the ordinance Monday, March 18, a day preceding the annual town meeting.

The ordinance committee followed state legislation to compose the ordinance, which was drafted in January.

The state defines the maximum distance allowed  — 750 feet from property lines — as well as the non-retroactive power of the municipal law.

If a town adopts an ordinance to prohibit an offender from living near property considered to be primarily used by children, also known as a restricted zone, it does just that — prohibits, not relocates, according to state statute.

If an offender is living near the property before the ordinance is accepted, they are free to remain in their home.

A restricted zone is a school, daycare, playground or other property primarily used by children.

The hearing will precede the select board meeting at the Cushing Community Center and starts at 6 p.m.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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