These laws are designed to protect the public--particularly children--from harm that could possibly result if offenders were allowed to live in close proximity. State Law playground image by Lori Pagel from Fotolia. An offender cannot live or even travel within a certain distance of common gathering places for children. Examples of prohibited areas include schools, day care centers, playgrounds, youth centers, public swimming pools or arcades. The offender's parole board determines the exact distance.
The law does allow modification of the assigned safety zone under certain circumstances. An offender can request a modification if the distance causes undue hardship or is broader than what is required to protect the public. The child safety laws let local governments in Texas establish additional residency restrictions. Accordingly, in addition to state law, a sexual offender should understand the laws of the area in which he plans to move.
Dickinson City provides three exceptions to this law. A person does not violate the law if he moved into the residence before Dickinson enacted the ordinance and has complied with all state registration laws. Additionally, an offender who committed the offense as a child or who is a minor can live within the prohibited area.
The third exception applies when the offender lived in the residence prior to the establishment of the place where children gather. Universal City, Texas Universal City prohibits sex offenders from living within 1, feet of a place where children congregate. The law also prohibits landlords from knowingly renting a residence to a sexual offender within 1, feet of a place where children gather. The city does provide exceptions to the law.
A person who lived in the residence before the enactment of the local law may continue to reside in the residence. The offender may live within the prohibited area where he committed the crime as a minor, or if he's currently a minor.
Finally, the law provides an exception in the following three situations: Ordinance About the Author Based in Atlanta, Renee Kristi has been writing since and her work now appears on various websites. Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article.