Saturday, November 05, 2005

No overhaul for offender law

No overhaul for offender law

More tough talk about the second most unrealistic law on the state books. But from a very unlikely source, a hint of leniency

"Rep. Lance Horbach of Tama, a House Republican corrections budget expert, said he favors allowing communities the ability to grant individual sex offenders a waiver from the residency limit if, for example, the sex crime did not involve molestation of a child and occurred many years ago. He cited a 'statutory rape' case in which an 18-year-old had sex with a 14-year-old and the pair later married and had children.

Sen. Keith Kreiman (D-Bloomfield) opposes a community waiver option, saying it could create a dangerous loophole."

So how would it work? What are the chances of the East Pole Bean city council voting an okee-dokee for Chester the Molester to move in?

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