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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Unwelcome mat for sex offenders

SHREWSBURY

Residents of Farm Hill Estates in Shrewsbury were alarmed when they learned that a sex offender lived just outside their subdivision.

The situation prompted Republican state Representative Karyn Polito, who lives in the town, to file legislation that would stiffen penalties for sex offenses and impose ``predator-free zones" that would limit where offenders could live.

Meanwhile, Marlborough is considering an ordinance that would ban sex offenders from living in 95 percent of the city; it is one of several communities in the state considering such a measure.

In the map below, the white spaces inside the city boundary line represent the only areas where a sex offender could legally reside in Marlborough if the ordinance passes.

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[Map created by the City of Marlborough]

Some experts have questions about whether such residency restrictions work. You can read more about the debate in a story that ran in Sunday's Globe West.

-- Erica Tochin

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