New Sex Offender Law

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This year in Kentucky's General Assembly 1,012 bills were introduced, but only 223 became law.

Those that do not require an emergency clause or otherwise effective date will take effect this Wednesday, July 12th.

One bill that was passed into law will put stricter regulations on sex offenders by not allowing them to live a certain distance from different areas where children are.

In Warren County alone there are around 40 registered sex offenders. Twenty-six of them will be affected by the upcoming law.

As of July 12th laws for registered sex offenders in Kentucky will be changing to keep those that have offended farther away from children.

"The rationale behind it is if you can keep people who are inclined to offend sexually, places where children are, especially those who are inclined to offend against children, then that would be effective", says Bowling Green police officer David Dunn.

Officer David Dunn is assigned to the criminal investigation unit for the Bowling Green police department where he makes sure that the registered sex offenders are in compliance with the sex offender laws, so he's ready for the upcoming change.

"Under the old law registered sex offenders that were under probation, or parole, or conditional discharge were under a requirement to not live within 1000 ft of a public school", say Dunn.

The new law would affect all sex offenders. It prohibits any sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of the property line of a school, public playground, and daycare center.

We found one sex offender that up until recently would have been in violation of this law.

"He was a wonderful resident. He was great. You never heard anything out of him, no problems at all", says Skyline Village Mobile Home Community Property Manager, Tisa Reeder.

Warren Elementary school is less than 1,000feet away from Skyline Village and up until the first of July a sex-offender was living nearby.

"We we're very surprised because we scanned everyone that moves in here to make sure that they aren't offenders or felons", says Reeder.

Since he had moved from another state and didn't register in Kentucky until after he moved into the home nobody even knew he was an offender until recently when he was stopped during a routine traffic stop.

That's when officer Dunn also noticed just where this man was living.

"I met with him about 3 weeks ago and got him registered and made him aware of the upcoming laws, so he may have decided to up and move", says Dunn.

This is what the new sex offender law will end up causing nearly 1,000 registered offenders in the state to have to do.

"I think it's great. I think we need to start focusing more on our kids and protecting our children", says Reeder.

Officer Dunn says that beginning on Wednesday there is a 90 day grace period for all those sex offenders who will not be compliant with the new law to move.