Lompoc City Council loosens sex offender regulations
July 17, 2014
In response to a lawsuit filed by an Arroyo Grande man regarding Lompoc’s regulations about where sex offenders can visit and live, the Lompoc City Council voted Tuesday to suspend enforcing residential limits and to revise laws on where sex offenders can visit.
Frank Lindsay, who is a registered sex offender, has filed several claims against California cities which have enacted more stringent than state regulations about where sex offenders can live and visit. More than 70 cities have voted in local ordinances that bar sex offenders from going to places like 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, not local jurisdictions.
Lindsay, 60, was convicted in 1979 for lewd or lascivious acts with a child less than 14 years of age. 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.