VIDOR - Vidor City Council has approved new residence restrictions on sex offenders.
Under the new ordinance, sex offenders won’t be able to live within 1,500 feet from parks, churches, daycare centers, schools and other places where children gather, according to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll.
Other new restrictions include preventing sex offenders from living within 1,500 feet of each other, and getting identification cards.
Vidor resident Clarence Ledet approves the changes.
"I feel like it's a move in the positive direction because it's incumbent of our citizens and our community to protect our children," Ledet said.
Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says the goal is to protect children from sexual predators.
"It brings awareness to families that they need to be more alert and aware of sexual predators,” Chief Carroll said.
“Studies show that four out of five sex offenders that didn't complete a treatment program will re-offend in three to five years. One in four that completes the program will re-offend and that's why this database was established years ago," Chief Carroll said.
Ledet believes it’s important to keep tabs on people who could be dangerous to children.
"One child harmed is one too many," Ledet said.
The changes cover anyone who is registering as a sex offender for the first time.
Anyone in violation of the ordinance could face a fine, according to Chief Carroll.
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