A Georgia sheriff’s captain called more than 20 sex offenders to his office yesterday, telling them they must move by July 1. Under a new state law that takes effect July 1, registered sex offenders can’t live within 1,000 feet of certain places where children congregate – including school bus stops. With summer just around the corner, many of the state’s 10,541 known sex offenders suddenly are feeling the squeeze of the law, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
One offender said he was going to sell his house and go underground, said a sheriff’s deputy. If he does, authorities will issue a warrant for his arrest. A sex offender who knowingly violates the new law’s residency rules faces 10 to 30 years in prison. “Several others have asked, ‘Where can I live?’ ” said the deputy. “And my answer to that is I’m not going to tell them where they need to live. They need to tell me where they want to live, and we will check and verify” if the address is acceptable.