In a meeting this week, all of the council members were in favor of the notion of making a new ordinance that would support the restricting of sex offenders out of San Juan Capistrano city parks. However, some legal concerns about a proposal prompted the City Council to delay a vote on it this week.
Some of the Council members indicated that there are still many questions with the ordinance, so the council members apparently decided to research the legality of the ordinance and then take up a vote at a later meeting.
There have been two proposals recently put in place in the county.
One of which, would make it a misdemeanor for registered sex offenders to enter a city park without written permission from San Juan Capistrano Police Services. This would carry a potential punishment of probation and a fine of up to $500 and/or jail time for up to six months for a first violation. Second and third violations would have some minimum amount of jail time in addition to a fine.
Another option, would allow the authorities to grant certain time and date restraints which would permit registered sex offenders to enter these parks with a valid reason to be there with specified guidelines.
After reviewing both options, the Council members had varying ideas on which plan to implement.
This year, there have already been two cities in Orange County, Westminster and Irvine that have adopted and passed similar ordinances.
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