A convicted sex offender is challenging Lee County's "child safety zones"-- the ordinance that keeps sex offenders 500 feet away from anywhere with children in Lee County.
The offender's attorney tells WINK news that the ordinance is unconstitutional.
Parents say sex offenders give up their rights the minute they are convicted.
Attorney Peter Aiken represents _____, the first man arrested for violating the "child safety zone" in Lee County.
"It's basically a feel good law. It's made to make the public feel good because everybody hates sex offenders," said Aiken.
_____ was at a Lehigh Acres pool in July and was arrested.
"We've passed an ordinance that makes it just mere presence a crime," said Aiken.
Aiken filed a motion Tuesday, on behalf of _____, challenging the law.
He says it's a violation of rights and the "safety zones" are too vague to enforce.
The ordinance makes it illegal for sex offender's to be within 500 feet of places like parks, pools, or beaches.
Parents tell WINK news they strongly support the zones.
"They can go right to jail--that's a place for them," said Cape Coral mother Jessica Hafer.
"I think you lose those rights when you become a predator," said mother Laura Bruckman.
- Just remember that when you or someone you love is slapped with the sex offender scarlet letter.
"If you talk to any sex offender they say there is no cure for them--they always have those desires. They need to be kept away from children," said Richard Jones.
- You are wrong, and clearly have been led to believe all the BS spewed by the media and politicians, and not the experts, who will tell you a different story.
Aiken says he doesn't think the safety zones are the answer because, according to his research, 80% of offenders don't come from out in the community--but inside the home.
"I've got grand kids--I want my grand kids protected. There are laws to do that--these laws don't do anything," said Aiken.
We received a comment from Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott regarding the challenge.
Sheriff Scott says "As long as there are laws there will be challenges to them. We stand fast by our efforts to protect the most vulnerable among us."
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)