Existing Ohio law prohibits convicted sex offenders from residing within 1,000 feet of a school, preschool, and certain licensed daycare centers.
An ad hoc committee of the Greenville City Council has proposed expanding that limit within its municipality to 1,500 feet. Such an expansion would eliminate much, but not all, of Greenville for convicted sex offenders.
Opponents of the proposed ordinance have argued that the change would keep sex offenders from having a place to live, forcing them underground – even invoking images of Miami, Florida, where sex offenders allegedly live under bridges. But what is the truth?
So far, legislation is proposed in the City of Greenville alone. But even if the entire county adopted a 1,500 restriction, the vast majority of the county would still remain eligible for residence by convicted sex offenders.
If such a restriction was imposed throughout the entire county, convicted sex offenders could still reside in parts of Greenville, Arcanum, Versailles, New Madison, Bradford, Ansonia, and Union City – anywhere in Hollansburg, Palestine, Castine, Gordon, Wayne Lakes, Gettysburg, Osgood, Yorkshire, Rossburg, New Weston, and North Star – and in the rural areas of all twenty Darke County Townships.
Well over 90% of Darke County would remain eligible for residence by sex offenders. The bridges won’t be needed – except for the narrative.