Right now, most sex offenders can live anywhere in the city of Phillips; city's police chief hopes to change thatSubmitted: 05/11/2015
Story By Kaitlyn Howe

Right now, most sex offenders can live anywhere in the city of Phillips; city's police chief hopes to change that
PHILLIPS - Right now, most sex offenders can live anywhere in the city of Phillips.

That means they can live near parks, schools, and other places where children are, but Phillips' Police Chief wants to change that.

Park Falls has an ordinance that prevents sex offenders from living 1,500 feet from places where children gather.

Phillips' Police Chief Michael Hauschild presented that ordinance to the city's common council.

"I'm a parent myself and I strongly believe in protecting the children's welfare and safety, and I think this ordinance would be good in the fact that sex offenders would not be able to live near the parks, athletic fields, schools," says Hauschild. 

Sex offenders who are still on probation have restrictions on where they can live.

"If they're off supervision, not on probation, parole, they could basically live anywhere in the city," Hauschild says. 

The city's common council has not drafted an ordinance yet. 

Hauschild says some community members have reached out to him about where sex offenders can live.

"We've had a couple sex offenders come into this community from other states and that upset some community members," says Hauschild. "They personally came to me and just asked me what they were doing either so close to the school. One was living near the high school and middle school."

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