City of Orange Sued Over Sex Offender Law

City of Orange Sued Over Sex Offender Law

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In the City of Orange, the law says registered sex offenders are not allowed to decorate their homes or hand out candy on Halloween. And they even have to go as far as turn off their lights.

It's another part of the law that has a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws upset (CA RSOL), the part that requires sex offenders to put up signs that say "no candy or treats at the residence"

 "If that sign is posted it puts into harm's way both physically and emotionally the person who is posting that sign as well as their family members and their friends," said Chance Oberstein, an attorney with CA RSOL.

The group says requiring a sign makes sex offenders potential targets of violence and violates their rights.

"That's certainly one side of the argument the other side though is this is to protect the children and if it protects one child then it's well worth it," said Wayne Winthers, Orange City Attorney,

Nearly 100 registered sex offenders live in Orange and are affected by the ordinance according to CA RSOL. 

But some parents are more concerned about how children are affected, like Shannon Kane, a mother of two. "Everybody has to know hey you're a sex offender. You are protecting the kids. I wouldn't want my kids going to somebody's house and if they had a sign saying no treats no candy here, that's fine," said Kane

This is not the first time a city has taken the step of requiring sex offenders to put up signs on Halloween.

A similar ordinance in Simi Valley was successfully challenged in federal court last year.

The city of Orange hasn't had any violent incidents targeting sex offenders since the ordinance went into effect in 2010, according to the City Attorney.

Still City Council will consider removing the portion of the ordinance requiring signs at Tuesday's meeting.

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