City Council vote bans sex offenders from Sharonville Community Center

SHARONVILLE, Ohio -- A vote from City Council on Tuesday will stop registered sex offenders from being inside the city's recreational facilities.

The Sharonville Community Center will no longer allow sex offenders to become members, and they'll revoke current memberships that belong to offenders.

City leaders said the ban helps them prevent problems they believe could happen at facilities that draw children, where people with an unhealthy interest could attend, too.

"Since there are so many pools, it's a very good idea," resident Barb Schmidt said.

Council has worked for months to develop the ordinance passed Tuesday. Sharonville could lead other communities to enforce a similar ban.

James Lucas, director of Sharonville Safety Services said, "I think it protects our children, primarily, as well as other potential victims. I think it's a proactive measure rather than reactive."

Sharonville will purchase software that links officials to several sex offender databases.

At the end, council hopes parents will gain peace of mind, knowing sex offenders are not allowed at the facilities where children play.

"They know we've had a very strong program of vigilance on our own, but with society changing, you have to constantly be aware of who is around and who's coming to your facility," Sue Koets, Sharonville Parks and Recreation director said.

The ban on registered sex offenders at Sharonville's recreation facilities is set to begin in about a month.


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