Hawkins, Seum Wary Of Registered Sex Offender Concentration

HawkinsWith children out trick-or-treating this weekend, two southwestern Louisville politicians are concerned about a block of registered sex offenders living in their district.

Metro Councilman Doug Hawkins and State Senator Dan Seum held a press conference Friday to discuss a housing complex off the Greenbelt Highway where 40 registered sex offenders live in 36 units.

The offenders are not in violation of any laws, but Hawkins and Seum say they want warning signs put up in the area or legislation passed to limit how many offenders can live in a given area. Seum says doing that now would violate fair housing laws.

“That doesn’t mean that we can’t tweak it or change it,” he says. “If you’re talking about people that have criminal convictions and they may have paid their dues and fines, if you will, or served their time. But if you’re a child molester out there, you’re pretty low on the totem pole as far as I’m concerned as far as rights go.”

“This is a sickness,” says Hawkins. “You would not take an alcoholic, a reformed alcoholic to a bar. We don’t need to have a high concentration of registered sex offenders in one particular area. Especially within 1500 feet of a daycare and right next door to family neighborhoods.”

The owners of the apartment complex were not available for comment.