Judge to rule on park ban ordinance

August 27, 2008 7:29:26 AM PDT
A convicted sex offender in Jeffersonville wants to watch his son play baseball in a city park. Thirty-six-year-old Eric Dowdell is challenging a city sex offender law that bans him from the park, and a judge is expected to make a ruling next month.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties union says the law is unconsititutional. But the attorney who wrote Jeffersonville's sex offender ordinance says that use of parks is not a fundamental right and constitutional protections don't apply.

Dowdell has twice been denied exemptions from the ordinance. According to court records, Dowdell was put on the state sex-offender registry after admitting that he engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl when he was 21.


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