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September 16, 2013

Sex offenders required to post warning signs

NEDERLAND — When Nederland Police officers make their normal patrols on Halloween, they will also be checking up on registered sex offenders.

Nederland City Council unanimously approved amending its ordinance relating to the definitions and restrictions on registered sex offenders’ residency.

One of the major changes will likely be noticed around Halloween, when registered sex offenders will be required to post “proper signage” at their residence between 4 and 11 p.m. Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.

Police in Nederland are preparing for the new restrictions.

“The ordinance has been passed and we’re going to enforce it to the best of our ability,” Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said.

The signage will be maintained and issued by the city’s police department and will read, “sexual offender residence,” according to a copy of the amendment provided by the city.

Other changes include prohibiting registered sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of premises where children commonly gather. The previous ordinance only covered three types of areas: schools, day cares and parks. The new ordinance will include studios or facilities for instruction in the arts or sports, where classes are taught to four or more children, private recreational facility parks, which include public pools, playgrounds or youth athletic fields.

Once the new ordinance is published in the newspaper, it will become effective, Nederland City Manager Chris Duque said.

Signs will be ordered in the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Duque said it could take anywhere from a few days to a week for the signs to arrive.

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