National City repeals sex offender ordinance

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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. -- National City officials will repeal an ordinance designed to protect children against registered sex offenders.

The ordinance required all registered sex offenders to stay at least 300 feet away from places where children gathered, including playgrounds and libraries.

The city’s ordinance was found to be preemptive to existing state law.

“We’re in contradiction with state law as it exists today,” said Ron Morrison, National City Mayor.

Earlier this year registered sex offender, Frank Lindsay, 61, filed a lawsuit against the city claiming the ordinance kept him from visiting family in National City and therefore violated his constitutional rights.

The court ruled in his favor, stating that current state law already restricts sex offenders and that local ordinances aiming to do the same thing shouldn’t be enforced.

“The fact is they’re looking in the wrong direction,” said Lindsay’s attorney, Janice Bellucci.

"You know most of the people -- I’m talking about more than 90 percent of the people who sexually assault children are not on the [sex offender] registry and instead they are members of their family, they’re their teachers, the coaches, the clergy -- those are the folks who in fact are committing sexual assault,” said Bellucci, who has taken similar legal action against dozens of other cities across California.

But Morrison doesn’t believe state law offers enough protections for families and their children.

“They’re protecting people from where predatory sex offenders live but not where they hang out,” Morrison said.

City officials now plan to push for legislation at the state level to give cities more authority when it comes to restricting registered sex offenders.

1 Comment

  • smartymarty1111

    Offenders (not predators) who have served their court ordered punishment should be left to live their lives uninterrupted by government. National City has not demonstrated any evidence other than hysteria to support their actions illegally circumventing the rights of the offenders they are targeting. Frankly, I do not see why the city government isn’t charged with illegally and knowingly conspiring to intentionally remove constitutional rights of the citizen.

    At least, attorney Janice Bellucci is governed by law and not National City’s illegal deprivation of our US Constitutional rights and Human rights.

    Adolf Hitler
    “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.”
    ― Adolf Hitler, Mein Kamp

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