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VT Inmate Challenges Residency Ordinance

April 9, 2009

rutlandherald.com ( Vermont) : Inmate challenges Rutland sex offender ordinance.

Rutland’s (Vermont) law forbids a convicted sex offender from living within 1,000 feet of a school, playground or day-care facility, putting almost the entire city off-limits. Barre also has such an ordinance, and other communities have discussed similar measures.

The law exempts offenders already living in one of the buffer zones when it took effect. Oney had a residence in Rutland at the time of his arrest but was in prison when the law took effect. It was unclear Wednesday what role the residency issue might play in the case but it appears it would block him moving back into his home.

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