Sex offenders lose legal battle with attorney general
Rhode Island Superior Court Justice Sarah Taft-Carter last week upheld the constitutionality of a 2008 amendment that said sexual offenders who are required to register must reside more than 300 feet away from a school.
The lawsuit was filed against the state of Rhode Island and the attorney general by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three registered sex offenders. Dennis Gesmondi, Dallas Huard and George Madancy made the complaint after Providence police notified the three sex offenders that they were in violation of the statute and had 30 days to find a new residence.
“It was eminently reasonable for the Rhode Island General Assembly to set public policy and determine the need to put a modest distance between sex offenders and school children,” said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin. “Parents send their children off to school with an expectation that they will be in a safe environment, never imagining they may be in close proximity to a sexual predator.”