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Orange County DA wants sex offenders banned from beaches, parks

April 5, 2011 |  8:14 am

Newport Beach

Orange County's district attorney is pushing a new law that would bar registered sex offenders from entering the county's parks — including its beaches, wilderness areas and harbors.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said they proposed the law to protect children. The full Orange County Board of Supervisors will consider the plan Tuesday.

"Parks do not belong to sexual deviants," Rackauckas said in a statement. "Parks belong to children who want to play there and parents who want to enjoy nature with their children."

Sex offenders who enter a park without county permission would face six months in jail or a $500 fine. Already, sex offenders are prohibited from living within 2,000 feet of any school or park in California, per the 2006 voter-enacted Jessica's Law.

Read the full story: County supervisors plan sex-offender ban in parks

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Photo: A woman and child enjoy Orange County's Newport Harbor. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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