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Ban on Sex Offenders in Orange County Parks Proposed by D.A.

The Board of Supervisors will discuss the proposal at its March 22 meeting.

Registered sex offenders would be barred from Orange County parks and recreation areas under an ordinance proposed Wednesday by the district attorney's office and county Supervisor Shawn Nelson.

If adopted, the new law would prohibit registered sex offenders from using 60,000 acres of county-owned parkland,  including wilderness parks, historic sites and beaches.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Nelson, who represents the Fourth District,  say the proposed law would protect children by keeping parks "free from threats."

"Registered sex offenders should not have the right to go into parks and places where children gather," Rackauckas said in a statement. "Parks do not belong to sexual deviants. Parks belong to children who want to play there and parents who want to enjoy nature with their children."

Under the proposed ordinance—to be discussed March 22 by the Orange County Board of Supervisors—it would become a misdemeanour for a registered sex offender to enter or use wilderness parks, nature preserves, recreational trails, historic sites, harbors, and beaches without written permission from the director of Orange County Parks.

Anyone found to be in violation of the law would face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Contacts in the district attorney's office did immediately return phone calls about how the ordinance would be enforced.

The areas that would be affected under the ordinance include, but are not limited to: Arroyo Trabuco Park, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Clark Regional Park, Craig Regional Park, Featherly Regional Park, Irvine Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Mason Regional Park, Mile Square Regional Park, O’Neill Regional Park, Orange County Zoo, Peters Canyon Regional Park, Santiago Regional Park, Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park, Yorba Park, Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, Talbert Nature Preserve, Aliso Beach Park, Capistrano Beach Park, Newport Harbor, Salt Creek Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, Dana Point Harbor and Sunset Harbour.

Aron April 07, 2011 at 10:02 PM
I think all sex offenders need is a charismatic leader to joim forces and right against the federal govt and tske out these politicians, judges, etc. In the same way the black pabthers almost had to do before these same people baxked out. Think of a manson, or thst george town dude, how auccessful theyd be on the streets right now and what kinds of numbers of soldiers they could pull with nothing to lose and hate. Hate against you people and your world. In many countries this wouldnt fly at all that have a history or rebellion, look at Poland. We dont even have any registry laws. Look what happened to the nazis during the warsaw uprising and all the russian uprisings we did when we were under control. You people just lay down and are too cowardly to fight bak while we would fight even to the death (we even charged tanks with lances). You need to get off your tvs and start this movement and tske out theae people who are trying to kill you. Send a clear message like Odessa did (former nazis). Also, most sex offenders are republican party members and wealthy jews. They just nevwr get prosexuted for it. Look at some republican party scandal videos on youtube, look up arnold schwanzeneger sex with 16 ur old, etc.
jeff s April 07, 2011 at 10:46 PM
aron, you sound like a pure lunatic. manson/black panthers!!?? your model of rebellion??? ha - thats just what we need... a rag tag army of sex offenders charging at squad cars and tanks with spears.. awesome... i laugh at the thought. BTW our history is steeped in rebellion, it still is, we get a revolution every four years when we get to vote. welcome to the west you blood thirsty east-euro savage...
Aron May 02, 2011 at 07:15 AM
No my model is what happened at Waco. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege or the second wounded knee. what's funny is that the leader in waco was a sex offender or that was one of the things that got the fbi involved and inteested in getting him and why he choose not to surrender and go to prison.
jeff s May 02, 2011 at 02:00 PM
everything you were told of about Waco from the MS media is a lie. Wounded Knee was a war crime simple fact - murder in the snow.
Robert Curtis October 08, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I love it when people say "aren't we passing this law for the Children" and some one replies. if we follow Hilter in saying "The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation" we might as well throw away the Constitution "for the sake of our children"

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