Augusta council to consider law to restrict where sex offenders can live


AUGUSTA (AP) — Augusta city officials are set to consider an ordinance that would ban some sex offenders from living near schools and city parks.

The ordinance, which could be ready for City Council action at their meeting Thursday, would prohibit registered sex offenders who have committed acts against children under the age of 14 from living within 750 feet of public and private schools and any municipal property, including parks, where children tend to gather.

The rules would apply only to sex offenders who move after the ordinance is adopted, so no one will be forced to move.

City officials told the Kennebec Journal that 134 registered sex offenders live in Augusta, giving the city the highest percentage of sex offenders per population of any municipality in Maine.