By CARIE CANTERBURY
Ken Rief wants more to be done to protect children after murder of Jessica Ridgeway
- Once again, there is no proof that this girl was sexually abused or killed by a known or unknown sex offender, but society, as usual, wants to punish all ex-sex offenders for the deeds of a murderer.
Cañon City resident Ken Rief proposed Monday that the city council consider creating a sex offender ordinance during their regular council meeting.
"I'm sure we all know that we have a problem in this county with child predators," he said, citing the recent abduction and murder of Jessica Ridgeway of the Denver metro area, the alleged sex assault of a girl in Cody, Wyo., and a reported abduction in Pueblo.
"I'd like to know why we haven't tried passing a city ordinance restricting where sex offenders may be -- near schools, libraries, city parks," he said. "Why they're allowed to give out candy on Halloween."
- Because, as you do, they have rights!
Rief said he believes the issue is a significant problem, but he doesn't see anything being done about it.
"There are a lot of cities throughout this country that are going to these sex offender ordinances, and, of course, the ACLU is coming in and shutting them down, but I think that we need to try to do something like that," he said. "I think that our kids are the most important things that we have on this planet, and I just don't understand why more isn't being done."
Rief said he has written to city council members, congressmen and senators regarding the issue.
"I'm almost offended that nobody is doing anything about this," he said. "We need to do something to send a statement saying we're not going to put up with this stuff anymore."
- So why don't we have a registry for all ex-criminals then? You see, it's not about being fair and protecting everyone, it's all about punishing the scapegoat, the ex-sex offender.
City Attorney John Havens after the meeting said there are no local ordinances, and he is not aware of any state laws that restrict where convicted sex offenders may live or spend their time.
"Some jurisdictions have done that, and some states have done that and he is very correct, the ACLU files suits wherever these efforts are made," he said. "They're not always successful, but you're into very expensive territory and you go through several levels of court."
- They file suit because you are running on emotions instead of facts, and passing unconstitutional laws.