Sex offenders banned from parks and playgrounds in La Habra


September 19, 2011        LA Times

La Habra enacted a law Monday night to ban registered sex offenders from city parks and playgrounds, joining several other jurisdictions in Orange County that have passed or are considering similar ordinances.

The ordinance resulted from a vote last month by the La Habra City Council to create “child safety zones,” which are off limits to sex offenders unless they obtain written permission to enter from the city Police Department. Under the new ordinance, sex offenders caught in the zones would face misdemeanor prosecution.

“The city of La Habra took a big step today in protecting children from dangerous, sexually deviant predators,” Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said in a statement Monday night.

Similar laws have been enacted by Westminster and Irvine.

The ordinances are modeled after one approved for unincorporated county areas in April by the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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