Missouri sex offender challenges residency restrictions

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 | 4:33 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri sex offender contends a law requiring him to live more than 1,000 feet from schools and child care centers is unconstitutional.

Attorney Michael Gross represented the sex offender Tuesday before the state Supreme Court. Gross says the law should be tossed out and the sex offender allowed to move into an O'Fallon home. The sex offender was convicted of five felony sex crimes in 1999.

Missouri first enacted the law on where sex offenders can live in 2004.

At issue is whether it's permissible for a law passed after the sex offender's conviction to restrict where he can live. There also is disagreement about whether the 1,000-foot buffer should be measured from building to building or lot line to lot line.


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