Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WI - Green Bay City Council Set to Vote on Closing Sex Offender Loophole

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By Kristyn Allen

Green Bay - The Green Bay City Council is expected to meet tonight to vote on closing a loophole in the city's sex offender ordinance.

The ordinance is designed to keep sex offenders convicted of crimes against children to get approval from a special board before they can live within 2,000 feet of places where children gather, such as schools or parks.

Tonight's expected vote would expand the ordinance to cover more conviction classifications.

The Protection and Welfare Committee voted on the change last month, sending it tonight's full council meeting.

The loophole was discovered when it was found out [name withheld], a former Catholic priest who molested a young boy, was living in an apartment building on the city's east side.

The city's ordinance didn't apply to [name withheld] because of the classification of his conviction.

Mayor Jim Schmitt said that allowed [name withheld] to move in without going to the special board for permission.

Mayor Schmitt has told Action 2 News he's confident tonight's vote will approve closing the loophole, and make the ordinance more comprehensive.

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