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Councilman wants to keep sex offenders from parks

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Wilmington City Councilman Jason Thompson wants to keep registered sex offenders from visiting local public parks. Thompson says places like parks and public libraries can be playgrounds for sex offenders. Thompson jumped on the idea of banning them from parks, after similar legislation was recently passed in Mecklenberg County. Mandy Williams brings her son Zack to Hugh MacRae Park every chance she gets. She says having a child means you have to have eyes in the back of your head. "I think it's a mother's instinct in that you watch your kids and the things around you. You know the people who don't have children and who are casually walking around, sitting in places watching the kids," said Williams. She says her son Zack could manage to get out of her sight in a second, especially in large areas like Hugh MacRae or Greenfield Lake Parks. Williams said, "Safety wise, i like to keep him in the general facility, right in front of me. Most of the time i feel somewhat safe, but i am cautious about people around him." Councilman Jason Thompson wants all families to feel safe bringing their kids to local parks by keeping registered sex offenders out. Similar legislation was recently passed in Mecklenberg County. "Here's one more law that they have to follow, if their probation says they can't carry a hand gun, they can't have drug offenses, and they can't be in public parks. It's one more way to keep them away from the temptation that may have gotten them there in the first place," said Thompson. As far as enforcement, Thompson says it will have to be up to the public to visit the sex offender website and familiarize themselves with local offenders. Then if they spot someone in a public park, they can immediately call the police. If an ordinance is passed, it could mean more peace of mind for moms like Williams. "I would absolutely feel more safe, and less cautious of people around me, and probably more aware of faces that i could acknowledge and recognize," said Williams. According to Wilmington police, there was an incident involving a repeated sex offender named Christopher Paul Atherton at Empie Park about two years ago involving a two year old, but there have been no reported incidents in any local parks since that time.

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sex offender

i have a sex offender moving in 2 doors down from me when he gets out of prison 11/29/08. i am trying to get a new city ordinance in place in dothan, al. the next counsel meeting is 11/18/08. i have a 9 year old boy. this sex offender likes boys. I need information to help me in my meeting. Please send asap. thanks nancy

I am so glad that this is

I am so glad that this is being taken so seriously. I think just acknowledging the problem could keep parents more aware. I am also happy that I was able to be apart of this.

Campaign Strategy?

We all agree sex offenders are criminals that need to be carefully monitored, because many will repeat their offenses after release, and many of the victims are young. Loading up the process with more detailed restrictions will probably just create more paperwork, and more useless man hours/salaries. Then we have yet another law to add to the endless books. I feel that Mr. Thompson is jumping on a high profile and "image building" issue for campaign gain. Councilman Thompson wants to be Commissioner Thompson.

about the park

I fell this about the park I think it is a good idea and a bad idea. If someone just got out of jail and on probation and is a sex offender keeping them out of the park is a good idea, try to keep them away from kids much as possible. Some sex offenders do change they are on the list for life now which that is wrong in the first place, I fell this they had the law for ten years they can get back to a normal life now they will are stuck for life on the list. I fell this if a sex offender had not done anything in nine years and wants to go for a walk or ride is bike around greenfield lake that should be his right. You cannot tell people were they can and cannot go that would like telling a shop liffter they cannot go to walmart since they stole somthing. I fell the state and the city will get suied over this one it actually does affect there rights unless they are on probabtion and a sexual pederator.

I think over all this is a

I think over all this is a good idea but what about the people who are sex offenders because they boyfriend/girlfriends parents pressed statutory rape charges when one was 16 and one was 18. My parents did this to my boyfriend. I chose to have sex with my 18 year old boyfriend when I was 16. My parents found out and pressed charges and now he is a convicted sex offender and will be for the rest of his life. I am know 33 years old and to this day I regret what happened. I think there needs to be some way to separate pedophiles and such from others. I read about some kids whose senior prank was to streak at a football game and they are now sex offenders. I know my ex boyfriend has kids of his own now so if they pass this law he would not be allowed to take his children to the park.

heres a law

lock them up and throw away the key! Put them in PRISON and let them have at it so they are assulted everyday...and so on...and so on...till they are dead!

Parks and perverts

Good.....these pedophiles are subhuman scum, there is no excuse at all.....it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all if they were executed after conviction.

YEAH RIGHT

AND HOW DOES MR. THOMPSON SUGGESUT PARENTS WATCH FOR THESE PEOPLE....WOW ALL YOU HAVE TO DO THESE DAYS IS LOOK IN OUR SCHOOLS...SOME ARE OUR KIDS TEACHERS....COULD NOT SEEM TO PROTECT THEM THERE WHAT MAKES YOU SO SURE YOU CAN POLICE EVERY PARK IN WILMINGTON......BOY MR. THOMPSON YOU SURE SOUND LIKE A BONEHEAD EXCUSE ME A WONDERFUL MARINE EX THAT IS....GIVE ME A BREAK AND NO I AM NOT A OFFENDER BUT I DO HAVE THREE CHILDREN AND LIVE BY A PARK AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR THIS STUPID PLAN....IS THIS A PLOY TO GET RENOMINATED?

I support 100%. Good luck

I support 100%. Good luck enforcing it.

Good idea but what about?

I personally think this law is a good idea. I am a single mom I would hate to send my little boy into the boys restroom only for him to encounter a pervert in the mens restroom. Also how can we (single moms) go about getting a more enforceable law into effect regarding dead beat, absent dads? I would love to see my kids father on a bill board for the back child support he owes me. Anybody got any suggestions? Better yet send all deadbeat parents to fight in the war and let the parents that want to come home to their familes come home.

Response to "Good idea but what about..."

Surely there must be an attorney in town who deals with dead beat father issues? If I were you, I would persist until you found one willing to help. Go through the telephone book and keep dialing! Also, you might try the local courts and ask there about what to do and how to go about it. Failing that, call the police and ask for their advice. If it was me, I wouldn't stop until I had an idea of what to do next. In the meantime, find out what you can about your son's father: his workplace, address, etc., etc.

Pervs at the park

Sunflower: NEVER send your son into a mens bathroom alone. Take him in the ladies with you. Moms understand and we do not mind. I took mine in the ladies till he totally refused to go in with me. :) Pedophiles are everywhere. They look no different than us. I thought it was already illegal for them to go within so many feet of children anyway. Good luck with this, sounds like a long shot to me. Unless you tattoo a huge red "P" on their foreheads.

Reply

Sorry lady, but your unwarranted fears are not going to make your children any safer. Neither will more stupid legislation. As a registered ex-sex offender for a non-violent and victimless crime(yes there is such a thing), I have been to counseling sessions with many sex offenders of all types. Of about 200 offenders, not one of them committed an offense with someone they didn't know very well or was related to. Stranger danger is a rare occurance but fuels the fear of parents like you. They can ban me from the parks, but it only means I'll have to walk my dog down someone's street in a neighborhood full of kids. They can ban me from living in certain areas but that only means I'll have to live next door to someone else's children. I'll still use the library, go to the supermarket, beach, go to the mall, and attend ball games. You'll never know who I am and your fear will persist. Meanwhile, your focus will be on me and others labled like me, while the likelyhood of someone molesting your child, if it's going to happen, will be one of your friends, relatives, or other close person to your child. Think about it. How many more stupid laws will make you feel safe ???

you sicko. do you have

you sicko. do you have kids?? would you protect your kids?

reply to 1 of 600k

My mind is trying to wrap around how you could have no victim and a few things came to mind. I am WELL aware of the habits of pedophiles. Having known 1 personally many years ago(he just got out of prison) and knowing a girl who was a target for one. BOTH of these child molesters preyed on other peoples children that they had befriended. It is true that the majority of molesters prey on children that they have access to on a regular basis. The reason for this is "grooming". They have to groom the child to trust them, befriend them to make the child feel safe with them. This is why a lot of molestation goes unreported for so long because the child feels a sort of bond or attachment to their attacker. Being aware of the psychological makeup of pedophiles I had no fear for my kids. I was very aware what was going on. But I was also very active in their lives and watched them like a hawk in public. I disagree with the ALL for one label of "sex offender". Most people think "child molester" when they hear that term. There needs to be a separate "list" for people that prey on children. Pedophiles are a totally different breed than adult rapists, flashers and young guys who have sex with their G/F before she is old enough.

I agree with you about the

I agree with you about the seperate list. There is a young boy that I know well who had sex with his girlfriend and her parents got him for statutory rape. He is now on that list and is scarred for life and even though both of them are married they still have strong feelings for each other. I think it would be great to have 2 list.