California Reform Sex Offender Laws (CA RSOL) filed a lawsuit today challenging the El Dorado County ordinance that prohibits all registrants from entering the county’s parks, schools and other areas where children congregate. The lawsuit requests that the court declare that the ordinance is unconstitutional and prohibit the county from enforcing that ordinance.
“It is important to stop the El Dorado County ordinance as it prevents all California registrants from visiting most recreational areas at or near Lake Tahoe,” stated Janice Bellucci, President of CA RSOL. “The ordinance also prohibits registrants from accessing information because they cannot enter the county’s public library.”
The El Dorado County ordinance, which was passed in February 2012, also prohibits registrants from being present within 300 feet of parks, schools and other areas where children congregate. As a result, registrants may not lawfully enter businesses near those locations.
The lawsuit alleges that the ordinance violates the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as the California Constitution. The sole plaintiff in the case is a registrant who resides in El Dorado County. In the lawsuit, the registrant is currently identified as John Doe. The court will later decide whether the plaintiff can continue to use a pseudonym in this case.