YARMOUTH – A Yarmouth mother is trying to establish a law in Yarmouth that would keep sex offenders away from areas where children play.
Michelle Larowe Conover said she learned from the Yarmouth Police Department’s Facebook page of a Level 3 sex offender driving a white bus in her neighborhood. When she spotted a vehicle she suspected was the same bus parked at a beach with a playground at the end of her street, she contacted police.
“Unfortunately, in our community there is nothing on the books. There is nothing on the books, statewide. Hopefully, we can close this loophole together and create safe zones for our kids,” Conover said.
The state divides people convicted of crimes that result in the sex offender label into three levels. The level 3 label is given to those law enforcement officials believe are most likely to re-offend.
Conover said she was surprised to find out there is no bylaw on the books in her town nor any state law that forbids level 3 sex offenders from being in certain parts of town where children might be congregating.
Conover modeled her bylaw after a law passed in Westwood and has presented her proposal to the Board of Selectmen.