[HISTORY: Adopted by the Legislative Council of the Town of Newtown 7-6-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Since the Town of Newtown has a compelling interest in protecting children from the threat of sexual abuse from child sex offenders, it is hereby resolved that, to preserve and promote the health, safety and general welfare of the children of the Town, it is in the common interest to enact reasonable regulations restricting child sex offenders from entering Child Safety Zones.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A. Any park, school, playground, recreation center, bathing beach, swimming pool or wading pool, gymnasium, sports field, trail, passive recreation area, open space parcel, or sports facility, which:
- (1) Is under the jurisdiction of any department, agency or authority of the Town, including, but not limited to, the Board of Education of the Town of Newtown;
- (2) Is leased by the Town to another person for the purpose of operating a park, school, playground, recreation center, bathing beach, swimming pool or wading pool, gymnasium, sports field, trail, passive recreation area, open space parcel, or sports facility;
- B. "Child Safety Zone" includes any and all buildings, land, parking area or other improvements located on the same parcel on which each of the aforementioned facilities is located, but does not include any public street or public sidewalk located on the outside boundary of Child Safety Zones.
- A. A person who has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect of a "criminal offense against a victim who is a minor"; a "nonviolent sexual offense"; a "sexually violent offense"; any felony that the court finds was committed for a "sexual purpose," as those terms are defined in Subdivisions (2), (5), (11) and (12) of Section 54-250 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and who is required to register with the Commissioner of Public Safety pursuant to Section 54-251, 54-252, 54-253 or 54-254 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended.
- B. A person who has been convicted or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in any other state, in a federal or military court or in any foreign jurisdiction of any crime the essential elements of which are substantially the same as any of the crimes specified in Subdivisions (2), (5), and (11) of Section 54-251 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, and which requires registration as a sexual offender in such other state or in the federal or military system, and who resides in this state on and after October 1, 1998.
It shall be unlawful for a child sex offender to be present in a Child Safety Zone.
This chapter will not apply to the following:
Any person whose name has been removed from the Connecticut Department of Public Safety's Sex Offender Registry or from the registry of any other state or in the federal or military system by act of a court or by expiration of the term such person is required to remain on such registry.
Any person entering into a facility in a Child Safety Zone for the sole purpose of voting in any municipal, state or federal election or referendum, provided that the person leaves the facility immediately after voting.
To the extent that the conduct prohibited by this chapter is in conflict with any sentence or order of probation or parole imposed upon a sex offender.
Any person who enters a Child Safety Zone for the purposes of dropping off or picking up his or her own child, provided that the person leaves the Child Safety Zone immediately after dropping off or picking up his or her child.
Any person who enters a Child Safety Zone for the purpose of meeting with an adult, such as a teacher, administrator or nurse, to discuss his or her own child’s medical or educational issues, provided that the person leaves the Child Safety Zone immediately after completing the meeting or discussion.
The Chief of Police or his/her designee shall make reasonable efforts to provide prompt, actual written notice of the enactment of this chapter (which notice shall contain a copy of the chapter) to all persons who are listed on the Sex Offender Registry as of the effective date of this chapter as well as those persons who are added to the Sex Offender Registry thereafter, which persons' addresses (as shown on the Sex Offender Registry) are within the Town. Such notice requirement may be satisfied by the mailing of such notice by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, to the last known address of such person as listed on the Sex Offender Registry or as otherwise known to the Chief of Police. The failure of any person to receive such actual written notice shall not be a defense to a violation of this chapter.
If a police officer reasonably believes that a child sex offender is in a Child Safety Zone in violation of this chapter, the officer shall require the suspected child sex offender to provide his/her name, address and telephone number. If it is established that the individual is a child sex offender, then the officer may issue an infraction ticket to the offender and require the offender to leave the Child Safety Zone.
Any person in violation of this chapter shall be fined in the amount of $250 for each violation or the maximum imposed by state statute.
Each Child Safety Zone shall be identified by a sign conspicuously posted at the primary entrance to the Child Safety Zone and any building within the Child Safety Zone. In addition, the Town of Newtown will make available a map outlining each Child Safety Zone in Newtown and a document listing each Child Safety Zone at the First Selectman’s Office and the Newtown Police Department. All Child Safety Zones similar to the map mentioned above and the document listing each Child Safety Zone in Newtown will be placed on the Town of Newtown’s web site for viewing.
The Newtown Police Department will maintain a sexual offender registration book of Newtown sexual offender registrants. It should be known as the "Newtown Sexual Offender Registry" (Registry).
The Newtown Sexual Offender Registry will be available for public view and shall be kept in the records area. Upon request by an individual present at the Newtown Police Department, the Registry shall be made available for viewing. The Town will not make copies of any part of the Registry; specific Registry information shall not be given out over the phone.
Although the Connecticut Department of Public Safety by Connecticut General Statute is responsible for maintaining the Sex Offender Registry, the Newtown Police Department will still be required to maintain a copy of the registration information for all registrants residing within its jurisdiction in the Newtown Sexual Offender Registry.
When a local registrant is released from the obligation to register, the Connecticut Department of Public Safety shall notify the Newtown Police Department that the person is no longer a registrant. The Newtown Police Department shall then remove and destroy all Registry information pertaining to the person and shall make no further disclosure of such information.