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City Of Lewisville Sued Over Sex Offender Ordinance

LEWISVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A registered sex offender and his family are suing the City of Lewisville over its restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

Aurelio Duarte, his wife Wynjean and their two teenage daughters say they haven’t been able to buy or even rent a house in the city in almost two years. They’ve lived, instead, in a cramped motel room, where the girls share one bed just a few feet from their parents. “I hate it. It’s really embarrassing,” said 18-year-old Brandi Duarte. “I have to keep it a secret that I live here.”

Convicted of trying to solicit a minor online, Aurelio Duarte served three years behind bars. “I really thought I was going to come back home and start my life fresh again,” he said. During his time away though, the City of Lewisville passed a new ordinance, barring sex offenders who’ve committed crimes against minors from living within 1,500 feet of anywhere children would commonly gather. According to the ordinance, that means any public park, public playground, public swimming pool, public or nonprofit recreational facility, as well as any school, daycare center or video arcade.

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A map of those areas — provided by the city — shows, when they’re excluded, there’s very little space left. “When you do find an area, a street, where you can live, you have to wait for someone to move out,” said Wynjean Duarte.

“It basically prevents someone who is required to register from living within the city limits,” said the family’s attorney, Richard Gladden. He said that they are suing Lewisville to challenge the constitutionality of restricting where sex offenders can live. “All these studies that have been done show invariably that these types ordinances have absolutely no effect.”

“I’m not a threat to anyone,” said Aurelio Duarte.

Playing with her grandson at a Lewisville park, Patricia Robertson said, while she supports the residency restrictions, she doesn’t believe they do much. “They don’t make me feel any safer,“ she said.

“If something bad is going to happen. It’s going to happen,” agreed Amy Martinez, a mother sitting nearby, who opposes the restrictions.

The City of Lewisville declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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  • Mary Molnar

    A 2003 study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections found that sex offenders’ proximity to schools or parks was not a factor in recidivism, nor did it affect community safety . In fact, the opposite was found to be true: A sex offender was more likely to travel to another neighborhood in which he could seek victims without being recognized.
    Shame on Lewisville for not doing the research before enacting stupid laws!

    • CopsWife

      Cry me a river!!! Lets keep bending laws for the wrong doers? How about the opposite; It’s a protective law for the innocents…Let’s protect the INNOCENTS rights(and freedom) as much as we can. He’s a grown man, and did wrong, knowing he was doing wrong. There are reprocussions, sorry about that. deal with it! On some level, at some point he knew he was pursuing a minor online! Wake up people, these kinds of offenders are NEVER rehabilitated. They keep on pursuing under age children. Maybe next time it’ll be yours ‘neighbor’.
      I do feel sorry for his family. She could divorce him for ruining all of their lives,then she and the kids could live anywhere.

      • A Mother

        You are so right they are not rehabilitated when they get out!!!! ive been raped before and i had to moved because i ran across the man that did it to and i wasnt the only one he raped after he raped me. he went to jail and everything but he is still out here and i can run across him at anything!!!! and my mother did the samething still dealed with him when he got out of jail!!!!! the mother dont understand that will affect the childern in the long run!!!! when her childern leave home they wont be as close as she want them to because what she putting the through now by still being with him and them living like that!!!! that man knew what he was doing when he was online looking for a minor!!!!! what i dont understand is why the wife didnt leave him alone was soon as she heard what he did and what he was charged with???? she is making her childern suffer by still being with him so what does that say about her???? she can leave him and her and the childern can find somewhere to stay but she choose to leave like that because she choose to be with a dirty sex offender!!!! the mother is selfish , she not thinking of the childern all she thinking about is being with a sex offender!!!! he did wrong so he has to deal with it!!!! how dare him trying to sue!!!!!!! i think they dont give these sex offenders enough time in jail!!!!!!!!!! i think they should stay in there for life because when the come back out here the will do it again!!!!!!! lock them up and throw away the key!!!!!!!!!

      • Mom in her right mind!

        YOU GO CopsWife!! Womanintexas…You need to realize he is a new-age prediator…Going after young girls online…know good and well he has children of the same age! Totally agreeing with CopsWife…Who cares!!! As a woman/Single Mom…Why in the hell would you continue to stay with garbage like this…even if it’s her kids Dad…She needs to quick subjecting her kids to this type of stupidity…because this man was no good then and no good now!

        More power to you Lewisville!!

      • Yvette

        Then how about protecting the innocents who were falsely accused? Police do NOT investigate, they arrest on the accusation alone even when the charge was impossible. Then the DA goes to the grand jury without informing the defense attorney (who sent multiple letters requesting to be notified of a grand jury) and gets an indictment because the GJ does not hear that the charge was impossible and why, then the DA asks for the maximum charge meaning life in prison then plea bargans for 5 years probation just to add another conviction to his record…TRUE CASE! HOW ABOUT PROTECTING THIS INNOCENT AND THEIR FAMILY?

    • Dokk

      Ok, they can move into my neighborhood. That way he;ll go to your neighbothood to seek a new victim.

      • Yvette

        Only 8 out of a 100 will ever have an additional victim. You are safer than having a murderer next door and there is NO restrictions on that.

    • the dude

      we have enough trash here, maybe he can stay with you?

      • Yvette

        and what about the 40 out of 100 who were innocent and just a victim of a bad divorce where the woman was trying to gain advantage in court?

    • speechytex

      Mary..the fact that you state “more likely to travel…seek victims” proves the point that they shouldn’t even be allowed out of prison…

      • womanintexas

        Speechytex:What do you consider a sex offense? Do you realize current sex offender laws would categorize most of our great grandparents who married young, or had a slight age difference as registered sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Ever know any body who got drunk and peed in a park, well they are registered sex offenders.. Know any couples who make out in a park where kids play, yes, they are registered sex offenders too. What about fasley accused teen males accussed by jealous ex girlfriends….Look up your laws, do some research, you may be suprised. It won’t be long before you, or someone you know is on this registry.

      • registrar

        Womanintexas – maybe you should study the law books before you start spouting off facts. Where exactly is the “peeing in public” requirement?? Or the “making out in the park” requirement? You want to know why this teenage girl is embarassed??? It’s because her dad is a predator.

      • Yvette

        Are you actually suggesting that a high school senior who “fell in love” with a freshman spend the rest of his life in prison? Are you REALLY intending to say that?

      • Yvette

        Registrar, you have exposed your ignorance. We have children as young as 10 years old on the Registry who were just curious about how their body differed from a girl…’I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.”

    • Kevin

      Just tell him to move to collin county…they allowed juvenile sex offenders to return to public schools without registering as sex offenders at all!

      • Yvette

        Attorneys tell me Collin County is the toughest in the area….and the operative word is is juvenile…as in kid….do you REALLY think a kid is beyond help?

  • CC

    This is very sad for this family. How long do we, as a Christian nation punish people? Why do we punish the family too. This daughter obviously loves her mother and father. He has paid his dues to society. It is time to stop punishing people based on fear. I do believe in forgiveness and anyone stays clean and does not againd break the law I am willing to give them a second chance.

    • concerned

      dumb ass

    • justiceforjanelle

      Fine. Let the pervets live next door to your children, then. You believe in forgiveness? You gamble this forgiveness with your children, not mine. I’m not willing to gamble the safety of my children because they are too precious and valuable.

      • Been there

        My niece’s boyfriend was a registered sex offender (he’s off the list now). He would live with my niece but list his address with some family which he would visit frequently. So if you think you’re in a safe area you’re probably not because the dude next door could be on the list. Besides if you’re a smart parent why would you let your kids play someone unattended?

    • speechytex

      Let him move in next door to your kids…religion has nothing to do with it

      • txmama

        womanintexas we aren’t talking about a situation between a 17 year old and a 16 year old. We’re talking about an old man creeping on little girls online… clearly there should be some sort of discrimination there… those little girls are innocent until they are introduced to perverted words of a sick old man… that isn’t something easily reversed.

      • rd

        womanintexas get your fact straight, a 17 yr old is not breaking the law with a 16 yr old. There has to be at least 3 years between them, and I believe one of them has to be over 18.

      • MominTX

        You are right, religion has nothing to do with it. The teachings of Christ do. Live the words of Christ, then you will understand.

      • MominTX

        I would not care if he moved in next door to me. We have three registered sex offenders on our street. I have met everyone of them. I am not afraid to seek truth and share a hand. I guess you are afraid. I don’t depend on a list to keep my grandkids safe. THAT IS MY JOB!!!!!!

      • womanintexas

        How do your neighbor isn’t an ex-con,drug dealer, or an murderer.. They served thier time, paid thier debts to society.Should we create a registry for them? Should we restrict where they can live? Should they be punished for the rest of their lives? Wait until your teenage son is convicted by a youg girl pointing the finger, or looks at some porno online… Maybe he will fall in love with A 16 YEAR OLD when he is 17.. Current laws will have him register a sex offender for the REST OF HIS LIFE, along side with pedophiles, and real rapists.

      • Yvette

        Speecy, get the facts. You are spounting off emotionally. If the man next door was convicted on this story: girl said space aliens (little greys) abducted her and took her up on their space ship in outer space and did sexual experiments on her and it was her father who came in and removed those instruments, in a space ship in outer space with little grey aliens….and he was convicted on that story (True case by the way…man is still in prison) and then moved next door…would you REALLY feel threatened? If you remain so blind, you are just a heartbeat away from such an accusation against you.

      • Yvette

        RD, you are wrong. A 17 year old is considered an adult in Texas. A 16 year old is not an adult. That is a sex offense,.,,even if they marry before trial.

  • Sandman

    There is no evidence that sex offender residence restrictions prevent sex crimes or increase public safety. Shame on the city of Lewisville. May God bless this family.

    • scott1212

      Sandman, I would say that the list is working then unless you have proof of the list not working. The best way to prevent a crime is to let the criminals know that they are being watched. This guy solicited a minor. He went actively looking for a minor to have sex with. Why should we then turn around and make his life easier. Who says he HAS to live in Lewisville? He can head north a little for more sparse population. HE is making the choice to stay in Lewisville.

      • Yvette

        OK, for argument’s sake let’s assume you are right that we are all safer if the criminal knows he is being watched….then why aren’t we watching the murderers, home invasion robbers, car jackers, etc.?

    • speechytex

      He’s a sex offender….he has a date with the devil

      • MominTX

        How do you know that? He may be a born again Christian.

      • Yvette

        I can’t see a man who shoots his mouth off on the Internet at the same risk level as a member of NAMBLA.

  • MominTX

    These laws must be changed. This man must be given a second chance. Lets not make this family suffer anymore. I pray that this lawyer can help them and win this lawsuit against lewisville. I believe they are due some compensation.

    • JD

      Why should the city pay???? He is a predator! His wife is putting those girls in danger just letting him remain in the family.

      Also, pick up a newspaper & count how many sex offenders work for churches. Christianity has no effect on sex offenders. I don’t care if he’s a born again fish…he’s still a threat & now he’s costing the tax payers even MORE money.

      Also, this is not a christian nation. Read a history book.

      • Yvette

        Part of the problem here has nothing to do with the nature of the crime but in Constitutional protections that are violated….Those are far more important.

    • HereandThere

      The family would’nt have to suffer if the mother left his prevert ass and then her and the daughters (Which btw the 18 year old is more than able to be on her own anyways) can live whereever their heart wants. There problem solved!

    • speechytex

      You pay them out of your pocket….

      • MominTX

        Nope, Lewisville should pay.

      • Yvette

        His children should be compensated for being singled out as different from other children of other convicted people.

  • Local One

    ———————————————————————————————————- I couldn’t live in an adult mobile home park because a church was 880 ft away and had a children’s class that met once a week. I was forced to move to a motel where right next door to my room was a family with three children—but it qualified under the rule. How ridiculous is that?

  • tracy

    There has to be a way back to normal life after a debt has been paid! Lewisville and other communities have gone too far out of fear and ignorance. Others who have paid their debt to society have been able to live in communities, get jobs and re-enter society as a real, productive, active citizen. Please allow these to have a path back into society as well. They way it is now, it is a life sentence for the whole family. So sad; and needless.

    • JD

      Tracy, maybe you don’t realize that when someone is caught that is only ONE instance. Would you let this man live next to you and your children? You seem willing to come to his defense. Would you be willing to accept part of the responsibility when he offends again & ruins the life of a child?

    • Kevin

      Tracy, the family could leave the sicko that is soliciting little girls online…what do you think would have happened if the minor he met wasnt a cop?

      • Yvette

        sounds like entrapment to me…it is against the law to lure someone into committing a crime.

  • Ddonald E. Maunder

    There is no evidence at all that lack of a residence restriction has ever been a factor in any sexual crime. In addition a residence restriction has never been known to have prevented a sex crime. A residency restriction would have no effect on a potential offender who could move about completely freely anywhere he wanted to without any reference to where he called his residence. A senseless and comp[etly foolish ordinance which causes unintended harm to others than the targeted registered person.

  • Tam

    I’m so tired of people try to scare me with the “sex offender next door”. Once a person has been found guilty and, served their time, it’s time to let them re-build their lives!

    • concerned

      must be a pedofile or have one in your familty

    • anotherMominTexas

      Good for you! I agree…we all deserve a second chance.

  • misfit64

    every person needs a home,their family needs a home!!!these one law fits all destroy tens of thousands of lives.research after research by professionals has proven that residence restriction dose not work.why can’t our law makers and the media do some research for themselves,it’s all on the internet..these laws the way they are ,you ,your son your grandson could end up on the registry and not know it ,till they come to pick you or them up.then the fear sits in,all life as you have know it is are so afraid to go any where ,do anything,say anything ,because you don’t want to do anything wrong to get into more trouble.anyone that goes thru what these sex offenders go thru would never do any thing to go thru it have no lifr,no job ,no home,and no hope.why would anyone want to go thru this.????

  • Concerned

    I am glad that finally someone is speaking up for the sex offender…these laws must be changed along with some other laws concerning these people. Once they have done their time LEAVE them alone. They have paid their dues just like a drug dealer…..murder…..drunk driver that has killed someone…They need to be given a second chance. I know they have done a serious crime and they have paid for their crime for which they should have paid. But not all sex offenders are alike…there are different levels for the different crimes…don’t put them all in the same boat….Wake up people!! There are people out there trying to lead a better life than what they did before…

  • oncefallendotcom

    Texas has over 4000 KIDS on the registry, some as young as 10 years old. This Predator Panic needs to go the way of the dinosaur. Is stupidity also bigger in Texas?

    The facts are no residency laws have ever reduced s*x crimes, in places where they exist now, rates have either stayed the same or have gone up. Instability in life is the key factor in recidivism. But since 95% of these crimes are committed by those NOT o a list, then your witch hunt mentality is misguided anyways.

  • Jolene

    Most sex crimes are committed by someone who is not on the registry. Over 90 % are committed by someone known and trusted by the family. Residency restrictions are feel-good laws- nothing else, just feel-good laws.

    • Emma

      so, are you saying that you would allow your child or grandchildren to go over to this mans house, once he has grandchildren for them to play with, and allow him to become “someone known and trusted by the family” and possibly molest or rape your child or grandchild?

  • pbmax626

    My heart goes out to this family. Cities often enact these restrictions without really thinking about the long-term consequences to the offender and the families involved. Such restrictions do nothing to protect the public. In reality, they tend to have the opposite effect, making offenders into homeless people who are much more difficult for police to monitor. They can’t find decent jobs and are prevented from rejoining society as responsible citizens.

  • TxFosterMom

    Local One, I agree these laws are ridiculous.
    Thanks CBS for allowing the other side to be heard. It helps educate the public to how unreasonable and complicated these restrictions are. These restrictions help no one and actually hinders the one restricted from becoming a productive citizen and has the protental to putting him and his family in danger. May this help make difference for everyone involved.

  • Karin Day

    Fear mongering by the media pushes communities into “monkey see monkey do” arbitrary residency restrictions without fact based proof of their necessity or thought to the long term long reaching effects, practicing “double jeopardy” punishment for the RSO and their families. It is my wish and prayer that the Duarte family win this lawsuit and that the redundancy of added residency restrictions above those already imposed by state law be prohibited state wide.

  • HeyZues

    Ge a person enough reason not to follow the law, and they will stop following it. Forcing someone that is finished with their sentence to kow tow to further laws that make no sense only goes to push someone that might not break another law, into believing that is their only option.

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  • Belva Wms

    Thanks CBS for shedding some light on this issue. A convicted murderer has a better chance of leading a normal life after prison than does a sex offender. The present laws paint all sex offenders with the same brush. An 18 year old who has consensual sex with an underage female is treated the same as a pediphile or rapist. The present laws require entire families to relocate to help their loved ones. It is time our legislators and our governor woke up.

  • FedUpTxn

    So castrate him and let him live anywhere he wants. I’m stunned at all the people supporting a sex offender. Obviously you and your family have NEVER been a victim of one!

    • TDL

      I have. For my whole life. He was sick. He needed help, I never wanted him to go to prison. I only wanted him to stop and to get help. I believe people can be forgiven and they can change. Even victims are able to move on with life and forgive. If you have never made a mistake in your life or done something wrong then you cast the first stone. I believe we are all guilty of something and we shouldn’t judge others. If they have paid their debt, let them live their lives. The man that killed my father was driving drunk, his sentence 6 months probation and that is all. He took a life. Life isn’t fair and we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

      • Yvette

        Unfortunately, they are by law prevented from getting help. Once a counselor hears their issue and concern, they have to report him or her to the police. Thus an accident like trying to move a girl out of the doorway into a hall so the door is not blocked by pushing on her back, turns into an incident when she turns around just in time to put her breasts into his hands…and if he sees a counselor for advice on how to handle that with her and her classmates, he is reported as a sex criminal. And folks, that is all it takes to go to prison. No intent, no preditor, just vicious laws.

      • SOS

        AMEN TDL. Sounds like you’ve moved from victim to victor! Bless you.

    • dawgmama

      I was a “victim’, FedUpTxn… it has done a great deal of damage to my life. The person who raped me lived in my home, and since I was a child and my parent did not support my claims, the kffender was never prosecuted. That happens many, many times a year. Trust me, I know who the monster is. These laws don’t help. They just confuse.

    • SOS

      I was a victim, I just want to see effective laws that prevent victimization of anymore. Feel good laws like these do absolutely nothing to solve this terrible problem in out society! Instead they spread fear and anger and can actually promote more victimization. WAKE UP FedUp!

    • esbashar

      First of all, yes I have been a victim of one. And like most, he was a member of my family and was never prosecuted.
      I also know many sex offenders and I know that the big scary monster down the street is a myth. Many of them did something stupid when they were young and are now paying for the rest of their lives. If we only registered those offenders who had committed an offense against a real victim (as opposed to sting operations), the list would be much shorter. And it still wouldn’t protect you from sex crimes because over 90% of new sex crimes are committed by someone who is not on the registry. I will support the sex offender – not the pedophile or the rapist but I will support those who are forced to live by draconian laws so that FedUpTxn can live in his illusion of safety.

    • Yvette

      I have…and I support this lawsuit.

  • SOS

    Residency restrictions for sex offenders make absolutely no sense. Not only do they isolate and ostracize the offender (making successful reintegration nearly impossible) but they punish innocent family members – families desperately trying to hold it together against incredible odds. These laws lull communities into thinking they are somehow safer when in fact there is not one shred of evidence supporting that assumption. If someone is bound and determined to abduct and harm a child, it wouldn’t matter if there was a thousand foot or a thousand mile restriction.
    A 2007 report by the Minnesota Department of Corrections tracked 224 sex offenders released from prison between 1999 and 2002 who committed new sex crimes prior to 2006. The first contact between victim and offender never happened near a school, daycare center or other place where children congregate. The report concluded, “Not one of the 224 sex offenses would likely have been deterred by a residency restriction law.” The study warned that these laws isolate offenders in rural areas with little social and treatment support, with poor transportation access, and with few job opportunities. The resulting increase in homelessness makes them harder to track and supervise. “Rather than lowering sexual recidivism,” the report said, “housing restrictions may work against this goal by fostering conditions that exacerbate sex offenders’ reintegration into society.”
    These laws make about as much sense as some other residency restrictions in the past. Take for example the Warsaw Ghetto. Or the Japanese internment camps were thousands were deterred – all of them American citizens. Or the Indian reservations – where thousands of Native Americans were rounded up and moved to wastelands. Or how about leper colonies where untold numbers were isolated from the rest of the community because of unfounded fears and superstitions?

  • tlf

    So thankful that intelligent citizens are realizing the extreme damage these laws are doing to people. This kind of punishment is archaic and cruel and helps no one.

  • mkycp

    Is anybody else creeped out that this guy tried to solicit a minor online? How old was he when he solicited? How young did he think the minor was? What if the minor was your child? I’m sorry. I don’t want a sexual predator living next door to me or my family. It’s not like shoplifting. It’s a sickness. The chance of them “forgetting” they have the urge that they have is highly unlikely. If you are a sexual predator(not an eighteen year old who had a sixteen year old boy/girlfriend) and you have to register as an offender, then do the second best thing you could possibly do. Move to the sticks.

    • esbashar

      Your questions are very good ones and they are not easliy answered by the registry. The victim’s age is listed but never the offenders age at the offense. You can’t even do the math because the dates don’t coincide with arrests or offense date.
      Online solicitation of a minor can mean that someone over 18 talked dirty to a female he understood to be under 18. It doesn’t mean that he asked her to have sex with him nor does it mean he made any attempt to contact her in any way. The act of saying anything of a sexual nature is the crime.
      And there are excellent treatment programs that teach people to understand the reason for the behavior and present alternate behaviors. In many cases, it isn’t a sickness but just immature behavior. I hope you never find yourself in the situation but if you do, you’ll get a whole different view.

      • Yvette

        another true case…in fact the young man REFUSED to meet with the girl who was insisting because of their age difference…but got convicted when girl’s father blew a fuse and refused to recognize it was his underage daughter who was the instigator.

    • Yvette

      You have bought the myth wholesale. it is not a sickness. It is often a lack of boundaries. These are normal people who got into the wrong place at the wrong time….or are innocent…like the girl who accused her step dad because he made her pick up her towels off the bathroom floor and then she thought, “I know how to get rid of you!”…also True Case

  • Petra Lopez

    As a child sexual abuse victim, I totally disagree with the commenters who defend this person who is “suffering” because he made a bad decision. Has anyone realized that a victim to this perverse behavior also suffers. Everyone states that he needs a chance; to be forgiven, well people, has anyone thought about the victim? No, he did not go through with what he did, BECAUSE HE GOT CAUGHT. What if it wasn’t a sting operation? Could that be your son or daughter who was being solicited? The peple who commented say, ” Why do we have to live in fear?”, BECAUSE THE DEVIL IS WORKING 24/7!!!! Live in fear people, because that is the only way we can protect our children from going through what I and many, many others have gone through.

    Many can say I sound like someone who is bitter and vindictive. NO! I forgive my abusers but I have not FORGOTTEN. The city of Lewisville is sending a great message. Anyone who decides to give in to temptation and perversity, DO NOT HAVE A PLACE IN THEIR CITY!!! They have to pay for their mistakes and I certaintly do not feel sorry for this person. I have to live with the “mistake” of my abusers everyday of my life. EVERYDAY… for his family, I’m sorrry you have to pay for his mistakes also but… MY FAMILY SUFFERS ALSO. They can’t have sleepovers, I can’t let her go to anyone’s home unless I’m comfortable with it. Phedophiles are everywhere, that is a known fact. It’s sad that this a fact but unfortunately that is the way the world has evolved.

    • TDL

      How many murderers and thiefs live in Lewisville?

      • MominTX

        Wouldn’t know, they are not on a list.

    • Everyonesays

      You ARE bitter and vindictive.

    • SOS

      My heart goes out to you Petra. Let’s create some laws that work, make sense and prevent further victims. All these kind of laws do is buy politicians votes and boost TV ratings. Let’s end the suffering by working towards real solutions. Let’s move towards healing and away from the anger, hatred and fear. Otherwise we all stay victims! God Bless.

    • CAR98

      Millions of dollars are spent every year to track and monitor almost a million individuals nation wide who are required to register for the rest of their lives. Over 90 % of these registrants are not the dangerous predator that you are afraid of. The person you are afraid is either not on the registry or the registry is not going to stop them from finding a victim. Statistics and studies have repeatedly shown that the registries are full of individuals (such as this man) who committed a stupid horrible crime but has been punished and paid his debt and will never commit such a crime again. Why not spend the millions of dollars being wasted on non-dangerous individuals to help victims and their familes or use the money to track the truly dangerous predators that are now “hiding” in the millions and going undetected.

    • Kelly

      I do feel for you, it must make living day to day a challenge. However, we do live in the United States and have laws protecting everyone, even sex offenders, murderers, thieves, and many other types of criminals. One type of criminal should not be singled out for special punishment after they have served their time in jail.

      You say they should ‘pay for their mistakes’ … what do you think this person did in jail for three years? It was not a picnic, but he did serve his time that was given to him by a court of law. If, in your opinion, that wasn’t enough time, then perhaps you should start lobbying for stiffer penalties for certain crimes. NOT penalties that are mandated by cities who are not part of any criminal court.

      Also, if you live in fear constantly, I hope you have gotten counseling to learn to deal rationally with your previous experiences in your childhood.

    • Yvette

      His children are suffering …the registry makes sure of that even if they do not live with the offender

  • CAR98

    Registration laws are declared civil in nature and constitutional because they allegedly protect the public and are not considered additional punishment. News reports of another abducted and murdered child is always makes the news and proves that the “dangerous” predators are more likely than not “not” on the registry and the very few that are are so sick and demented that these resident restrictions are not going to stop them. These laws do not protect anyone. In fact the laws have become so ineffective with overblown registrie that law enforcement cannot focus on the few that are truly apose a danger to society. In the past year, I can recall two stories of child abductions/murders covered extensively by Nancy Grace. She was certain in these cases that the offenses were commited by registered sex offenders living in the vicinitly. She posted the information of how many were living in the near location and had experts appear and “verify” that the predator would be a registered offender living in the area. In both cases, she was wrong! How many more citizens have to be “punished” for the resto of their lives because of senseless unjust laws that to do not protect but rather produce victims?

  • BigFED

    The idiocy of the law is evident in the fact that he was convicted of soliciting via ONLINE, using a computer. He wasn’t out trolling the parks or schools!!!

    Also, why 1,500 feet? That is a completely arbitrary distance the effectively prohibits any offender from living ANYWHERE inside the city limits of ANY town. Sounds like this ordnance is overly broad and subjective. It also sounds like if he had one more kid, he couldn’t live in his own house with his family since “children commonly gather there”!!!

    It’s just like the dumb restrictions on stores that sell alcohol that they must be “X” feet away from schools. If the kids are running “X” feet to their package store, then they will run ‘Y” feet also. AND, if KIDS buying booze at lunch tie is an issue, then there is a MUCH bigger problem.

    • Ann73

      The city of Lewisville (and the tax payers) will lose this, and rightly so. It’s bad enough to oppose the constitution, but to do so to cause harm rather than good is beyond reason.
      In a June 2010 Texas senate hearing, the DPS rep stated that less than 13% of those registered are actually dangerous to our communities. So limited resources are spent policing and monitoring those who pose no risk, while the truly dangerous hide in the crowd.
      I don’t know the particulars of this case, but it’s likely that the man was young, probably still in his twenties when this happened. The officer was probably posing as a teen, 15 or 16. This would still be wrong, but hardly make him the monster hiding in the bushes for whom the laws were written. Most on the registry (now almost 70,000 and growing more than 100 a week) never touched a little kid or forced anyone.
      We claim to care about children. What about the children of the registered? Why make them suffer for no reason?
      Laws should be based on reason, fairness, and constitutionality. This law isn’t, and that’s why Lewisville will lose.

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