Cincinnati’s efforts to protect children from sex offenders might spark a massive move of offenders to the suburbs, predicted Hamilton County commissioners quoted by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The city last month put tight restrictions on where convicted sex offenders can live. The result is that almost half of the city is now off-limits to more than 1,000 of its residents. “Its probable effect will be a massive movement of offenders into county bedroom communities,” County Commissioner Todd Portune said. Under state law, registered sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of schools and adjacent school facilities.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Maj. James Dattilo thinks many communities will enact their own sex-offender restrictions. That means sex offenders will ultimately end up in the unincorporated areas of the county. “People will have a fit because they move out of the city to get away from the inner city and the crime and all that, and you’re pushing it out to them,” said Margo Mergy of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office sex offender program.