Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vague law leads to arrest- anti-loitering law

The law banning registrants has become vague and broadly applied. I think it is time to fight this unconstitutional law:

Marion sex offender arrested at ballgame

By: Richelle Bailey | Media General News Service 
Published: May 02, 2012
MARION -- A ballgame turned out to be anything but fun and games for a registered sex offender Friday.

Lt. David Marler of the McDowell County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher ***** Patrick, 27, of **** in Marion at Maple Leaf sports complex and charged him with a felony sex offender law violation (being in an area where children gather).

Capt. Ricky Crisp said Marler received information from an anonymous caller that Patrick was at the ballpark, watching his son play.

The lieutenant went to Maple Leaf, found Patrick and arrested him there at 6:15 p.m.
Patrick was convicted in McDowell County in January 2004 of two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison followed by 3 1/2 years on probation.

Crisp stated that Maple Leaf is considered a county park and, by law, registered sex offenders aren't allowed there because it's a place children frequent.

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