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Southborough police will propose sex offender bylaw

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 11, 2007 10:10 AM



The Southborough police department plans to present the town with a sex offender bylaw modeled after proposals written by two other towns.

The proposal is still in development, but Chief William Webber said it would prohibit sex offenders from living near schools, daycare centers, parks, elderly housing or places of worship. Details of the actual distance and the level of sex offenders covered by the proposal are still being worked out.

Webber said parts of the proposal are being picked up from similar ones enacted in West Boylston and proposed in Marlborough as well as a bill filed by state Rep. Karyn Polito, the Shrewsbury Republican.

Work began on the bylaw after town meeting shot down a citizenís petition last month that would require hotels to notify police of guests that are sex offenders.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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