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Santa Ana considers tougher sex-offender law

21 May

Article Tab: image1-Santa Ana considers tougher sex-offender lawSANTA ANA – The City Council will consider amending its 2006 registered sex offender ordinance to align with Orange County’s 2011 law.

The county ordinance makes it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to enter county recreational areas where children regularly gather.

The city’s ordinance prohibits registered child sex offenders from being on or within 300 feet of designated children’s facilities and parks to loiter or observe children.

The city’s new law, if approved Monday, would also take aim at registered sex offenders, banning their presence inside parks and specified facilities, and would make the offense a misdemeanor.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Chief of Staff Susan Kang Schroeder plan to attend the council’s meeting, their office said.

The county ordinance, proposed by Rackauckas and Supervisor Shawn Nelson, was approved by county supervisors April 5, 2011. Between May 2011 and April 2012, the cities of Westminster, Irvine, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Huntington Beach, Yorba Linda, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Costa Mesa, and Seal Beach passed similar ordinances, the district attorney’s office said, and other cities are currently in the process of developing a similar ordinance.

The council meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the Police Community Room, 60 Civic Center Plaza. Call 714-647-6520.

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