Are registered sex offenders allowed to live with children

A: We receive a lot of calls from residents angry that a person on the Sex Offender Registry is still living with minors. But simply being on the Sex Offender Registry does not forbid an offender from living with children. If the offender still is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, then perhaps that could be one of the conditions of their parole or probation. The SOR does provide for Student Safety Zones.

Living or working within 1,000 feet of the school zone. There are several exceptions to this rule, including if the offender already lived at that residence or worked at that place of employment prior to Jan. Offenders cannot not loiter within the zone with the intent of observing or contacting minor children. Offenders can enter a school zone to vote, to attend parent-teacher conferences, and to pick up or drop off their children. The law does not specifically address whether an offender can attend their child’s sporting event, school play or other school activities.