Orange Joins Cities Changing Sex Offender Bans

The city of Orange is set to join a growing list of cities revising bans on registered sex offenders in parks in the wake of recent state appeals court rulings.

The city ordinance currently prohibits sex offenders from loitering within 500 feet of child care centers, schools, parks, libraries, bus stops, pools or places that provide classes and activities for children.

Fullerton, Santa Ana, Tustin and Anaheim have lifted similar bans.

Orange has already been served with a lawsuit, Lindsay v. City of Orange, challenging its laws banning sex offenders in parks. The suit alleges the entire ordinance must be repealed, but the city attorney is recommending only one section pertaining to parks be removed.

Other portions of the ordinance that would remain include restrictions against sex offenders decorating their homes on Halloween and checking into motels where other sex offenders are staying. Violations result in a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.

City leaders take their first vote on the revised ordinance Tuesday. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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