Friday, October 02, 2009

Sex Offenders Camping in Parkway

The Rancho Cordova Post has reported on this story.

An excerpt.

“The homeless that camped at the now-closed tent city in Sacramento are returning to their original camping sites, said Park Ranger Tim McElheney during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 8.

“During the meeting, McElheney also indicated that parolees and probationers camping on the parkway are saying their corrections officers are telling them to “go and live down by the river until the rangers kick you out.” He stated that since tent city’s closure, the number of registered sex offenders camping on the parkway has increased 200 percent.

“Once tent city was closed, all those people had to go somewhere and the parkway has been one of those places they’ve gone back to,” McElheney said. “Since it has been removed we now have a huge impact. We have just finished cleaning up a large area of approximately 5 tons of material within the past two weeks.”

“McElheney said the parkway does not have enough resources to effectively deal with the growing number of illegal campers. “It is something we cannot deal with consistently enough except to move them along,” he said.”

The sex offenders illegally camping near a community in Georgia we blogged on recently have been told to leave, according to this report from Cobb County News.

An excerpt.

“A group of homeless sex offenders who had been living in tents in the woods behind an office park near Marietta were told they had to leave the land by Tuesday.

“We don’t want to allow anyone to live on our property for liability issues,” said Mark McKinnon, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, which owns the wooded land where the sex offenders had taken residence.

“Several men said their probation officers had told them about the encampment as a kind of last resort for homeless sex offenders trying to meet the strict residency requirements of their probation.

“Georgia’s law prohibits the state’s 16,000 sex offenders from living, working or loitering within 1,000 feet of schools, churches, child care facilities and other areas where children gather. It limits the locations where they can live.”