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Citation for sex offender who entered "child safety zone"

In previous posts we've discussed many of the consequences that can arise if convicted of a sex crime. There are the more immediate penalties that can include jail time and being required to register as a sex offender. But the impact of a conviction can go beyond the more obvious consequences.

One Wisconsin man was recently cited when he went to go pick up a child at a local elementary school. Though the arrangement was set up by the child's parent, the man is still facing fines for entering a "child safety zone".

The man was convicted of sexual assault of a child over ten years ago. Not only does he have to register with the Wisconsin sex offender registry every year, he is also prohibited from entering certain areas where children gather. These "child safety zones" include schools, parks, libraries, and even movie theaters.

Police officers found the man at the school waiting to pick up the child. But he was still in violation. The only situation he could enter the "child safety zone" is if he had a biological or adopted child who attended the school. According to the article, the man did know that he was restricted from entering the school's property under those circumstances.

This is just an example of how a sex crime conviction can impact one's life. It can make a relationship with one's child more complicated, having to consider whether a park or playground is a restricted area.

Generally, being accused of a sex crime can also impact one's reputation. Even if the allegations prove to be unsubstantiated, the damage can already be done. Accusations can negatively effect one's personal and professional reputation.

Source: Reedsburg Times-Press online, "Sex offender cited for visiting school," Ken Leiviska, 14 May 2011

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