Grover Beach man battling pervs-in-park laws
June 21, 2014
A Grover Beach man, who is a registered sex offender, has filed several claims against California cities which have enacted strict laws for where sex offenders can visit. [OC Register]
More than 70 cities have voted in laws which are more stringent than state regulations. These include local ordinances that bar sex offenders from going to movie theaters or parks.
In January, the state Court of Appeals handed down a ruling involving the city of Irvine’s regulations. The court said that the state has jurisdiction over where sex offenders cannot go.
In March, Grover Beach resident Frank Lindsay filed a lawsuit in federal court calling for a repeal of Pomona’s ordinance on the grounds it violates state and federal constitutions and makes it difficult for registered sex offenders to move into the city. Lindsay, 60, was convicted in 1979 for lewd or lascivious acts with a child less than 14 years of age.
Last week, the Pomona Council gave preliminary approval to repealing a portion of its 2008 regulation. They are slated to have a final vote July 7.
As in the past, Lindsay is being backed by lawyers from California Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSLO), who say the change will allow registered sex offenders and their families to lawfully visit movie theaters, parks, beaches and libraries.
“The sex offender ordinance adopted by the City of Santa Ana is in violation of both the federal and state constitution,” RSLO president Santa Maria attorney Janice Bellucci, told the Orange County Weekly.