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New ordinance aiming to protect the community from sex offenders

RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) – A new activity and residency ordinance in Rhinelander will set out to place restrictions on convicted sex offenders.

The restrictions will be based around areas and establishments that educate kids aged Kindergarten to 12th grade.

Officials say this will hopefully help to prevent repeat offenses.

“We have a demographic here of young and old all in a small area, which is the city,” Rhinelander Mayor Christopher Frederickson said. “So keeping them protected as far as from reduplicating the same crimes they’ve committed before is something that’s important to us.”

The ordinance would stop sex offenders from being 150 feet from those restricted areas and establishments. It would also keep convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet of those restricted areas and establishments.

Mayor Frederickson said it would also limit participation in holiday events such as handing out candy for Halloween, or dressing up as seasonal characters that are geared toward children.

Violators of the new ordinance could face fines between $500 and $1,000.

A final vote is scheduled for Aug 26th.

You can view the entire ordinance by clicking here.

Chris Watkins

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