By Kim Ring
SPENCER - The town has joined the ranks of several other communities that limit where registered sex offenders can live.
Voters at tonight’s special town meeting approved a new bylaw that restricts sex offenders who have been listed as Level 3 or Level 2 from living within 1,000 feet of parks, schools, day care centers, churches, libraries and elderly housing facilities.
Offenders found in violation would have 30 days to move to a new, complying location or face a $300-per-day fine along with notification to the state Sex Offender Registry Board and the courts.
Selectman Anthony Pepe, the board’s chairman, said the bylaw “won’t eliminate the problem but will go toward reducing it.”
- And what problem is that? It won't reduce sexual abuse, and very rarely do kids get sexually abused at any of the places mentioned, most are abused by their own family or close friends. This will only make ex-offenders homeless.
Town Administrator Adam D. Gaudette said the board worked hard crafting a bylaw that is similar to those in surrounding towns, and consulted with the state Attorney General.
The decision comes amid reports that that the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts is suing Lynn over that city’s sex offender bylaw.
The ACLU said much of Lynn is off limits to sex offenders, resulting in them being banished from the city.
Spencer’s bylaw allows sex offenders to continue living in their current homes if they were residing there when the bylaw was passed.