Girard revises ordinance restricting sex offenders during trick- - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Girard revises ordinance restricting sex offenders during trick-or-treat.

Posted: Updated:

GIRARD, Ohio - Girard City Council has amended an ordinance designed to keep sex offenders from having contact with children on trick-or-treat night.

Law Director Brian Kren tells 21 News that council approved the original ordinance last year based on regulations adopted by some other U.S. cities to protect children taking part in trick-or-treat from the dangers posed by  registered sex offenders convicted of offenses against minors.

Girard's original ordinance only applied to the date of October 31, the traditional day on which Halloween is observed.

Council has now amended the ordinance so it would be in effect if the city decides to hold trick-or-treat on dates other than October 31.

Under the ordinance, registered sex offenders must turn off all exterior lighting from 5:00 p.m. until midnight on the night trick-or-treat is observed.

The ordinance also bans sex offenders from putting up Halloween decorations on their home or in their yard.

Sex offenders must also refrain from answering the door for children who are trick-or-treating.

Law Director Kren doesn't beleive that the city could successfully enforce the rules on homeowners who have a sex offender living with them. So council has added another provision to the law which exempts property owners who fall into that category. 

Asked if he believes the ordinance could survive a court challenge, Kren tells 21 News that the community of Simi Valley, California passed a similar ordinance. He points out that the courts struck down a provision of that city's law requiring that signs be posted outside homes to notify the public that a sex offender was living there, but other provisions were upheld.

According to the Ohio Attorney General's interactive database, four registered sex offenders live within Girard city limits.

  • More From wfmj.comHot ClicksMore>>

  • More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:24 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:24:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through the courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the...
    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.More >>
    A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and that'll continue, no matter what the Supreme Court decides in the case of a baker who wouldn't create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.More >>
  • 'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland

    'Quiet revolution' leads to abortion rights win in Ireland

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:23 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:23:40 GMT
    (Niall Carson/PA via AP). A man walks past a mural showing Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who had sought and been denied an abortion before she died after a miscarriage in a Galway hospital, with the word YES over it, in Dublin, Irel...(Niall Carson/PA via AP). A man walks past a mural showing Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who had sought and been denied an abortion before she died after a miscarriage in a Galway hospital, with the word YES over it, in Dublin, Irel...
    Official counting is set to begin in Ireland's historic abortion rights referendum, with two exit polls predicting an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban.More >>
    Official counting is set to begin in Ireland's historic abortion rights referendum, with two exit polls predicting an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban.More >>
  • Man facing charges after car with 2 kids stolen

    Man facing charges after car with 2 kids stolen

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:22 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:22:53 GMT

    Authorities say a man is facing theft and kidnapping charges after a car with two young children inside was stolen from a Philadelphia home. The children were later found unharmed.

    More >>

    Authorities say a man is facing theft and kidnapping charges after a car with two young children inside was stolen from a Philadelphia home. The children were later found unharmed.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms