A village board in southeast Nebraska is considering an ordinance that would restrict where convicted sex offenders may live and would fine landlords who rent to them.
A man convicted of sexually assaulting a child lives in Alexandria, just across an alley from the home of Jeremy and Kristine VanWesten and their two children. Kristine VanWesten went to the Village Board in July and asked for restrictions on sex offenders. Her husband sits on the board.
The ordinance would bar sex offenders from living within 500 feet of schools and parks and school bus stops on village property. A bus stop sits about two blocks away from the sex offender.
The ACLU of Nebraska has told the Village Board the proposed ordinance is unconstitutional.