City Eliminates Law Protecting Trick-Or-Treaters From Sex Offenders

The Simi Valley City Council voted to overturn a law that was meant to protect trick-or-treaters from sex offenders.

Simi Valley, CA - The Simi Valley City Council voted on Monday to repeal a law that was put in place to protect children from sex offenders.

The city council says that their decision was based on their belief that the ordinance wouldn't stand up against a lawsuit which was filed against the city and police department.

The ordinance specifically targeted registered sex offenders and was meant to keep young children away from them on Halloween.

Under the ordinance, registered sex offenders were prohibited from answering their doors to trick-or-treaters, according to CBS Los Angeles.

The ordinance also prohibited them from decorating the outside of their homes, which could attract children, and they were required to have their outdoor lighting off from 5 PM to midnight on Halloween.

With the ordinance gone, no law prohibits sex offenders from attracting trick-or-treaters to their house.

The law was initially passed in 2012, but the city has since seen two lawsuits defending sex offenders' right to give candy to children.

Janice Bellucci, the executive director of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws, filed the latest lawsuit to stand up for sex offenders.

With no clear path to victory for the city, they saw no choice but to eliminate the law.

The lawsuit against the city will now be dismissed.

Nobody had been cited under the ordinance since it was enacted in 2012.

The city is now adopting a new strategy to protect children from the sex offenders.

Mike Harris with Ventura County Star reports that Mayor Bob Huber said the news plan is "a very proactive way to approach the protection of our children. We'll be sending the link to the Megan's Law site for our residents to locate and therefore avoid going to homes of registered sex offenders."

Huber, who is an attorney, is the one who initially created the now-repealed ordinance but said that the courts had been striking down similar ordinances for years, and that requires them to change their strategy.

Only 97 of the city's 165 registered sex offenders will be listed. The site excludes offenders of certain sex crimes, such as indecent exposure.

Expecting everyone to check their computer or mail for this Megan's Law map is dumb to say the least! Many people who have kids are trying to work, school, clean, shop and have a somewhat normal life. It is the city's job to protect the citizens, not our job to go on line and search the addresses of the BAD people so our kids can enjoy being kids. You know who they are, you go and paint x on their front door. So tired of all of the politically correct gibberish, just to what you get paid to do. Protect and serve.

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I am so tired of money being more important than peoples lives. How about putting Simi Valley on the do not go there zone

So what residents should do is get a list of offenders/addresses and hand the list out along with candy. Have parents stand in front of the offenders homes, on public property and advise that this is a home of a sex offender.

I think California lawmakers have gone beserk! They can't be called American any more!

Thats fine. Then parents and family and friends just need to form a halloween militia and go out to trick or treat in an arrmy size group. Someone tries to touch the kids you crush em.

I live in California. 1,251 more days to retirement! Then I am moving to America!

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Not a problem getting rid of Ordinance. Just create an Ordinance requiring a prominent sign declaring "This address is listed with the sex offender registry" This city can even make the sign being a bright color and poster sized. Failure to post in a conspicuous place is a fine.

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