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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Reader responds to proposed sex offender ordinance

MARLBOROUGH

Reader Pattie Campana recently emailed to express her concerns about a controversial proposed ordinance that would ban sex offenders from living in most of the city.

The ordinance prohibits serious sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools, day care centers and any place where children congregate, effectively banning them from 97 percent of the city.

City Councilor Steven Levy said he proposed it after police arrested a man earlier this year for lewd behavior in front of children at a city bus stop.

Campana emailed to say that she is the mother of one of the students who witnessed the display. Yet she has her own reservations about the ordinance.

She noted that the man who was arrested was not a Marlborough resident (he's from Southborough), and wouldn't have even been affected by the ordinance.

"Although I think the idea has merit ... it would be hard to administer," she wrote. "He went out of his way to come to Marlborough."

Mayor Nancy Stevens vetoed the proposal last week; the city council will vote on the measure again later this month.

-- Megan Woolhouse

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