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Article 5. Sexual Predator Residency Restrictions


§6-501               SEXUAL PREDATOR RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS; PROHIBIT CERTAIN PERSON SUBJECT TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT AND DEFINED AS SEXUAL PREDATORS FROM RESIDING IN CERTAIN AREAS WITHIN THE CITY; ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR A VIOLATION.

Findings and Intent:

             A.         The Nebraska Legislature has found that certain sex offenders present a high risk to commit repeat offenses and has enabled municipalities to restrict such persons’ place of residency as provided in the Sexual Predator Restriction Act.

             B.         Sec offenders who prey on children and who are high risks to repeat such acts present an extreme threat to public safety. The cost of sex offender victimization to these children and to society at large, while incalculable, is exorbitant.

             C.         It is the intent of this ordinance to serve the City’s compelling interest to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City by creating certain areas around locations where children regularly congregate in concentrated numbers where certain sexual predator cannot reside. (City Ordinance #356)


§6-502               SEXUAL PREDATOR RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS; PROHIBIT CERTAIN PERSON SUBJECT TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT AND DEFINED AS SEXUAL PREDATORS FROM RESIDING IN CERTAIN AREAS WITHIN THE CITY; DEFINITIONS.

             1.          Child care facility means a facility licensed pursuant to the Child Care Licensing Act;

             2.          School means a public, private, denominational, or parochial school which meets the requirements for state accreditation or approval;

             3.          Reside means to sleep, live, or dwell at a place, which may include more than one location, and may be mobile or transitory;

             4.          Residence means a place where an individual sleeps, lives, or dwells, which may include more than one location, and may be mobile or transitory.

             5.          Sex offender means an individual who has been convicted of a crime listed in Nebr. Rev. Stat. Section 29-4003 and who is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act; and

             6.          Sexual predator means an individual who is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act, who has been classified as Level 3 because of a high risk of recidivism as determined by the Nebraska State Patrol under Neb. Rev. Stat. Section 29-4013, and who has victimized a person eighteen years of age or younger. (City Ordinance #356)


§6-503               SEXUAL PREDATOR RESIDENCY RESTRICTIONS; PROHIBIT CERTAIN PERSON SUBJECT TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT AND DEFINED AS SEXUAL PREDATORS FROM RESIDING IN CERTAIN AREAS WITHIN THE CITY; EXCEPTIONS.

             A.         PROHIBITED LOCATION OF RESIDENCE. It is unlawful for any sexual predator to reside within 500 feet from a school or child care facility.

             B.         MEASURE OF DISTANCE. For purposes of determining the minimum distance separation, the distance shall be measured by following a straight line from the outer property line of the residence to the nearest out boundary line of the school or child care facility.

             C.         PENALTIES. A person who violates this section shall be punished by a jail sentence not to exceed 6 months and/or a fine not to exceed $1,000.

             D.         EXCEPTIONS. This ordinance shall not apply to a sexual predator who:

                          1.          Resides within a prison or correctional or treatment facility operated by the state or a political subdivision;

                          2.          Established residency before July 1, 2006, and has not moved from that residence; or

                          3.          Established a residence after July 1, 2006, and the school or child care facility triggering the restriction was established after the initial date of the sexual predator’s residence at that location. (City Ordinance #356)