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In the interest of public safety, many Colorado communities prohibit sex offenders from living in close proximity to places where children congregate.
Castle Rock could become one of those communities if Town Council passes an ordinance, which it will consider on first reading at its Jan. 11 meeting.
The ordinance would prohibit sexually violent predators – those at a high risk for possible reoffense – from living within 1,000 feet of schools, parks and other places where children gather. The other places are daycares, playgrounds, ballfields, public pools, trails, bus stops, walk-to-school routes, recreation centers and libraries.
The proposed law is similar to laws currently in place in Englewood and Commerce City.
State law requires the Colorado Department of Corrections to release sexually violent predators into the county in which they were convicted.
There currently are no sexually violent predators living in Castle Rock. However, the Corrections Department has notified the Town twice in recent years that a sexually violent predator would be placed here. Both instances did not ultimately result in a sexually violent predator living in the community.
Town Council and the Town Public Safety Commission in September expressed general support of residency restrictions for sexually violent predators being implemented in Castle Rock.
Such restrictions only affect where sex offenders may live – not where they may visit. Additionally, responsibility for matters such as sex offender treatment and overall management lies with probation, corrections and court officials and are not up to the Town to regulate.
Public comment on the proposal is welcome at the Council meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.
Questions? Contact Kristin Accola, 720-733-3552 or KAccola@CRgov.com.