ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Englewood is considering scaling back restrictions for registered sex offenders.

Right now there is a 2,000 foot buffer from daycare facilities, schools and parks. That’s a length of about five football fields.

Some claim the restrictions essentially ban sex offenders from living in the city limits.

The change comes from a lawsuit that the city is fighting. The suit was filed against the City of Englewood by three registered sex offenders who claim the city is discriminating against them.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

One plaintiff lives just one block away from a school and claims the law keeps him from being a productive member of society.

The city has been considering dropping the restrictions from 2,000 to 1,000 feet away from a school, daycare facility or park.

The revision could open up a few more spaces within the city limits of Englewood for registered sex offenders.

About a dozen people spoke at Tuesday night’s meeting saying that the Englewood Police Department doesn’t enforce the 2,000 foot restriction anyway so why have one in place.

No one at the meeting supported keeping the current restriction in place.

“Whether that means I’m in Englewood or that means I’m over in Littleton or where ever, I will be a productive member of society. Everybody has the same goal of no more victims,” said registered sex offender Brian Brockhausen.

The Englewood City Council will vote on the issue March 6.

As for the lawsuit, the lawyer for the plaintiffs said even if the distance is reduced, the lawsuit will proceed.

Comments (2)
  1. Your article is wrong, and withholding certain aspects of the meeting, that I attended. First, there were 2 people who were against repealing the distance (you said none spoke). Second, while 12 people spoke to repeal, 8 were Englewood residents and all 8 were either family or friends of the sex offender that attended the meeting. The other 4 were non-residents but also friends of the sex offender or opponents of any restrictions on sex offenders after they are released from jail. Also, the reason for reducing the distance is to make the law enforceable, which it is currently not. The change would adversely effect 18 people, that are convicted sex offenders living close to schools/day care/parks. And while the sex offender was there to ask to remove this law altogether, his victim was not there (nor where any details of his crime given). His friends and family cherry picked stats to say these restrictions do nothing (the stats they referenced were for incest only), ignoring stats that says over 25% of all sex offenders re-offend, and the number goes as high as 30% to 40% in some studies (and that is only reported sexual assaults). The people who wanted to repeal were basically saying that sexual assault is not a violent crime and there should be no follow up after they are released from jail, and one person even said the sex offender himself is the “victim” now….

  2. Shelly Stow says:

    There is no evidence at all that residency restrictions have any bearing on re-offense or keeping children safe. And I am sorry, but you are misinformed as to the statistics you are quoting. Possible those are for general recidivism, most of which will be registration or probation infractions, but re-offense for repeating a sexual crime are in the single digits, and in most studies the low single digits. As far as the victim, once a perpetrator has been convicted, the victim’s role is over.

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