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Statement on sex offender lawasuit

Roy Cooper North Carolina Attorney General

September 19, 2013

“Violent sex offenders and those who’ve harmed children have no business being at schools, day cares or playgrounds. We’ll fight to uphold this law to protect our kids.”


Background:


A lawsuit filed recently in federal court challenges the constitutionality of a North Carolina law that makes it illegal for certain convicted sex offenders to be within 300 feet of any place intended primarily for the use, care, or supervision of minors. The prohibition applies to sex offenders convicted of violent sex offenses or sex offenses with minors and applies to locations including schools, children’s museums, child care centers, nurseries, and playgrounds.


Cooper is named as a defendant in the case along with the Governor and all North Carolina District Attorneys. The Attorney General’s Office will defend the State in the case, which was filed in United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in late August (case number 1:13-cv-711).