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>Restrictions proposed on registered sex offenders

Registered sex offenders living in the City of Tonawanda would face restrictions on where they may live and travel under a proposal being considered by lawmakers.

Drafted by Detective Tim Toth of the Tonawanda Police Department and City Attorney Ronald Trabucco, the proposed local law still is subject to a public hearing and adoption by the Common Council.

It would apply to Level II and III -- moderate- and high-risk -- sex offenders. According to the New York State Sex Offender Registry, there are 13 offenders living within the 14150 ZIP code, which encompasses all of the city and some of the Town of Tonawanda.

The law would prohibit offenders from living or traveling within 1,000 feet of a school, nursery school, preschool or child care facility, playground or park, library, teen/community center, dance hall, skating rink or swimming pool of a family child care provider. Offenders already living in those areas at the time of the law's passage would be exempt.

Violations would result in a maximum penalty of a $250 fine and 15 days in jail for each day the violation continues.

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