City of Orange Sued Over Sex Offender Law - FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

City of Orange Sued Over Sex Offender Law

Posted: Updated:

In the City of Orange, the law says registered sex offenders are not allowed to decorate their homes or hand out candy on Halloween. And they even have to go as far as turn off their lights.

It's another part of the law that has a group called California Reform Sex Offender Laws upset (CA RSOL), the part that requires sex offenders to put up signs that say "no candy or treats at the residence"

 "If that sign is posted it puts into harm's way both physically and emotionally the person who is posting that sign as well as their family members and their friends," said Chance Oberstein, an attorney with CA RSOL.

The group says requiring a sign makes sex offenders potential targets of violence and violates their rights.

"That's certainly one side of the argument the other side though is this is to protect the children and if it protects one child then it's well worth it," said Wayne Winthers, Orange City Attorney,

Nearly 100 registered sex offenders live in Orange and are affected by the ordinance according to CA RSOL. 

But some parents are more concerned about how children are affected, like Shannon Kane, a mother of two. "Everybody has to know hey you're a sex offender. You are protecting the kids. I wouldn't want my kids going to somebody's house and if they had a sign saying no treats no candy here, that's fine," said Kane

This is not the first time a city has taken the step of requiring sex offenders to put up signs on Halloween.

A similar ordinance in Simi Valley was successfully challenged in federal court last year.

The city of Orange hasn't had any violent incidents targeting sex offenders since the ordinance went into effect in 2010, according to the City Attorney.

Still City Council will consider removing the portion of the ordinance requiring signs at Tuesday's meeting.

  • Share ThisMore>>

  • National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    National Dog Day: Send Us Your Pup Pics

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 7:17 PM EDT2014-08-26 23:17:59 GMT
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
    The purpose of the holiday is to show appreciation for the millions of the dogs in the US that keep us safe and bring us comfort and companionship.
  • myFOX Tech

    Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3- The Future of Laptops, NOW!

    Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3- The Future of Laptops, NOW!

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 12:14 PM EDT2014-08-26 16:14:57 GMT
    It's no secret that Microsoft has struggled in the hardware department so I can't say whether the Surface Pro 3 will be the hero Microsoft needs but I can say it is the modern computing experience users deserve. I love it and think you should too! Read on to find out why.
    It's no secret that Microsoft has struggled in the hardware department so I can't say whether the Surface Pro 3 will be the hero Microsoft needs but I can say it is the modern computing experience users deserve. I love it and think you should too! Read on to find out why.
  • World's Scariest Selfie: Would You Dare?

    World's Scariest Selfie: Would You Dare?

    Monday, August 25 2014 6:13 PM EDT2014-08-25 22:13:48 GMT
    Rooftopping photographer and Ravens fan Daniel Lau (note the hat), took a selfie from the top of a ridiculously high skyscraper in Hong Kong.
    Rooftopping photographer and Ravens fan Daniel Lau (note the hat), took a selfie from the top of a ridiculously high skyscraper in Hong Kong.
Powered by WorldNow

KSAZ-TV & KUTP
511 W. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: (602) 257-1234
Fax: (602) 262-0177

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices