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N.C. Lawmaker Wants More Restrictions Placed On Sex Offenders

Posted April 21, 2005 7:30 a.m. EDT

— A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal for sex offenders to live near places where children learn and play.

The law would ban sex offenders from living within a quarter of a mile from an elementary school or day-care center.

"It keeps sex offenders away from child care facilities and schools where many of the victims could be discovered," said Rep. John Blust, who is sponsoring the bill.

In Wake County alone, there are more than 500 registered sex offenders. WRAL found two registered sex offenders living within a quarter of a mile of Poe Elementary School in Raleigh.