Flower Mound approves stricter sex offender ordinance as a ‘safety measure’

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Now, registered offenders must remain 2,000 feet from locations where children commonly gather. That distance was previously 1,500 feet. The changes also added trail systems and public or private youth centers to the previous list of prohibited areas of public parks, public and private schools, public and semi-public swimming pools, day care centers and video arcades.

Facing lawsuits – Lewisville – Flower Mound 

Lewisville restricts sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of schools, playgrounds, day-care centers and pools. In 2012, The Dallas Morning News reported that Aurelio Duarte and his family sued the city in federal court for its restrictions after two years of living in a 780-square-foot room in an extended-stay motel. The city passed its sex-offender ordinance while Duarte was in jail.

The lawsuit failed and was appealed multiple times. On Aug. 21, a U.S. magistrate for the federal Eastern District of Texas in Sherman recommended to the U.S. District Court that the Duarte claims be dismissed.

The Lewisville decision is on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.  Had the journalist contacted Richard Gladden before writing this article, he would have known that.

In March, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported that Krum was hit with a lawsuit alleging its 2,000 feet restrictions are unconstitutional after a resident was ordered to leave his parents’ house. The lawsuit cites a March 2007 ruling from then-Attorney General Greg Abbott that general-law towns such as Krum cannot enact sex-offender residency restriction ordinances under the Texas Constitution unless authorized by the Legislature.

For all practical purposes, Richards’s client has won his case challenging the sex offender residence restriction ordinance in Krum, Texas

When the Flower Mound ordinance was before Town Council, Webb inquired about the status of the Lewisville litigation.

“It is a concern of mine,” he said. “My request to the town attorney when we passed the changes was that they monitor that Lewisville litigation closely and advise us of any changes very quickly.”

Gelbman said he is not concerned about the lawsuits and feels “very comfortable that the ordinance will sustain in court and be enforceable.”

Are sex offenders threats to your kids on Halloween night?

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Are sex offenders threats to your kids on Halloween night? 


Are sex offenders threats to your kids on Halloween night?

Tony Casey• Updated Yesterday at 4:50 PM

As costume-clad children pass from house to house for candy and other treats this Halloween, evidence shows that there is extreme danger waiting for them around every corner.

Police treat sex offenders as one of those dangers.

“Operation Blackout” is an annual Halloween program sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Corrections in which authorities conduct checks across the state in “taking additional measures to keep (trick-or-treaters) safe,” according to a news release. On Oct. 31, restrictions for sex offenders include making sure they stay in their homes between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., not have porch lights on, not open their doors for trick-or-treaters, only open their doors for law enforcement, not wear costumes or dress in disguise or be allowed to display fall decorations.



Is Halloween Really More Dangerous for Kids?

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Is Halloween Really More Dangerous for Kids?

A lack of evidence doesn’t stop cities from rounding up sexual offenders on the holiday.

Allen O’Shea will spend his first Halloween as a registered sex offender

being monitored at a Gaston County, N.C. courthouse. Travis Dove for the Marshall Project 


Excerpt:  Before the sun sets on Halloween, Allen O’Shea will make his way to the local courthouse in Gaston County, N.C., where he will remain for several hours under the watchful eye of law enforcement until trick-or-treating has ended.  This will be O’Shea’s first Halloween as a registered sex offender, a label he earned after having consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19. He admits he was wrong. Still, being held in custody because costumed children are walking the streets asking for candy strikes him as absurd. 

Despite research showing no evidence that children are at greater risk of experiencing sex abuse on Halloween than on any other day, states and localities around the country impose severe restrictions on registered sex offenders during the holiday. Some, including parts of Virginia, Georgia, Delaware and Texas, require sex offenders on probation or parole report to designated locations. Others, such as Missouri, Florida and Nevada, direct some offenders to post signs on their doors that say, “No candy or treats at this residence.” 



Another Sex Offender Entrapment Experiment? Oh, My

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Another Sex Offender Entrapment Experiment? Oh, My!


Some of you will remember the “How easy it would be to kidnap your child in the park experiment” that I blogged about two years ago. With the parents’ permission, a man lured children in a park to his van to “see his puppies.” It was phony and contrived but certainly accomplished its purpose of terrifying a You-Tube viewing audience.













Judge: Sex offender rule unconstitutional

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Judge: Sex offender rule unconstitutional:

BLOOMINGTON — A requirement that Illinois sex offenders report all Internet sites they use to police is unconstitutional because it violates the offenders’ free speech rights, according to a ruling by a McLean County judge.

Judge Robert Freitag agreed with arguments from the defense lawyer for Mark Minnis, 22, of Normal, that state law is overly broad in its mandate that all email addresses and sites a sex offender uses or plans to use, including Facebook, must be registered with police.