Recently, newspapers have reported that in Miami, five sex offenders are living under a bridgewith the states approvalbecause the residency restrictions in their county made it impossible for them to find housing.
My husband and I wanted him to come live with us for awhile, while he got adjusted to life on the outside and got on his feet.
This is just another complication that teenagers need to keep in mind when entering into a relationship, especially as they get older.
If you are an 18 or 19 year old senior, it may against the law to have a relationship with someone who attends the same school as you.
The inability of convicted sex offenders to find housing when they are released from prison has become a significant barrier to their successful reintegration into society.
This is particularly problematic for registrants who have limited resources, or for those who because of work, community, or family obligations want to live in particular locations.
Fortunately, lawmakers in New York took teenage relationships into account.
In New York State, a person who is under age 16 but older than 13 years old can consent to sex with a person who is no more than 4 years older; the crime of the 3rd degree rape only happens when a person over the age of 21 has sex with a person who is under seventeen years old or younger and that person can or may be punished with up to 4 years in prison.
In the other states and municipalities, residency restriction laws apply to all registered offenders, regardless of whether their crimes involved children.
In addition, hundreds of municipalities (in states with and without residency restriction statutes) have also passed similar ordinances prohibiting registered sex offenders from living within specified distances of places where children congregate.