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Wants to keep sexual offenders restricted

Alderman Randy Morrissette II told the Hudson City Council Monday night that he intends to push for an ordinance similar to one in Taylors Falls, Minn., that prohibits the most dangerous sexual offenders from living nearby places where children congregate.

Morrissette had a copy of the Taylors Falls ordinance and had given one to City Attorney Catherine Munkittrick before the meeting started.

He said he would bring the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee (of which he is a member) for it to review. He hopes the committee will draft a similar ordinance and ask the full council to adopt it.

The Taylors Falls ordinance bars Level 3 sexual offenders or anyone convicted of sexual offense against a child less than 16 years old from residing within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare, park or playground. Sexual offenders are prohibited from living with 1,000 feet of designated school bus stops, churches or places where children are known to congregate.

In a phone call last week to inform the Star-Observer that he planned to introduce the ordinance, Morrissette said he was prompted by news reports of the Taylors Falls ordinance and one like it proposed for Maplewood, Minn.

He said he also was motivated by the reappearance in Hudson of a man who exposes himself to women, as well as reports about town of Hudson residents upset about a convicted sexual offender moving into a nearby house.

"It's something that's starting to creep up and creep out. I don't want to see it come to Hudson anymore than it probably already has," Morrissette said. "I'm not going to put a price on anything because a kid's innocence is priceless."

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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