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04.03.07

Borger Sex Offender Ordinance Passes

A new ordinance designed to help keep your children safe from sexual predators in borger will soon be in place. Newschannel10's Tina Berasley has been following this story for you since the city council first proposed the idea earlier this year.

After months of planning and public comment, the controversial measure became law in Borger. 
The Borger City Council unanimously approved the ordinance concerning registered sex offenders who committed crimes against children. The 6 page measure simply says the offenders will no longer be allowed to live or spend time within 500 feet of places where children play or go to school.

It comes as a relief to mothers we spoke with at Borger's Huber park just minutes after the ordinance was passed. Ryan Purcell just moved to Amarillo from Denton and likes the idea of stricter rules on sex offenders. "I think its great. I think it offers protection for younger moms, for single moms to take their kids to the park. And for children in school areas and in swimming pools".

Amanda Smith added "It helps ease your mind a little bit. You don't have to worry about so much, you know about those people being around so close to them. You know. if the day care takes them out to the parks and outings you don't have to worry so much about them". 

The State of Texas does have a law saying sex offenders on probation must stay away from children, but Borger's law extends that rule for as long as an offender is registered. The ordinance will go into effect by early May, those offenders already living in the city will not have to move.

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