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OC Board Eyes Ban On Sex Offenders At Playgrounds, Beaches

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — Officials in Orange County say they will consider creating a child safety zone to protect kids from sexual predators.

The proposed ordinance from the Board of Supervisors would it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to visit recreational areas where children gather.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports the idea comes from Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackaukus.

The top prosecutor says the parks don’t belong to sexual deviants.

The ordinance would reportedly bar sex offenders from a variety of recreational locations, including playgrounds, harbors, beaches and hiking trails.

Violators would get up to six months in jail and or a $500 fine.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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