TEMPLE, TX — The City of Temple’s lax regulations on where some registered sex offenders can live has a number of parents speaking out.
The City only follows state law when it comes to where sex offenders can live, and some parents are pushing for an ordinance to be put in place on the local level. In fact, one father took his concerns all the way to City Hall at Thursday's city council meeting.
In Temple, there are nearly 300 registered sex offenders living feet within reach of children. If they are currently on probation or parole, there are some restrictions as to where sex offenders can live. However, sex offenders who have completed their parole or probation can live wherever they choose, regardless of proximity to schools or playgrounds.
“Last week we raised the issue with city council about sex offenders living in our city, and it all sparked from me finding out that a registered sex offender lives near the park that my children frequent," said Ryan Beimer.
The father of two took his concerns to City Hall Thursday night.
"In the last few days, we've been trying to get the city council to take a stance on this subject," said Beimer. "So tonight I'm here to speak to city council to see if we can get them to make a formal stance."
Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales said the council is willing to hear what concerned parents have to say.
"At this time, you know we really haven't had any issues, thank God. That really brings it to light," said Morales. "But again safety is our number one priority. So it's good that citizens bring these concerns to us, and I think our council is very open to listen and to be aware and say, "Okay, at this time maybe there's something we do need to pay more attention to.""
Beimer is urging people to contact their local council members and school representatives. He says he will continue to push for regulations on the city level.
As it stands now, registered sex offenders who are no longer on parole or probation must register with the Temple Police Department.