Kyle still explores restricting where sex offenders live

By Megan Wehring 

KYLE — City council and officials are reviewing a potential ordinance that could restrict where convicted registered sex offenders may live in the city of Kyle. 

Kyle Chief of Police Jeff Barnett and Officer Dago Pates introduced the regulation on Feb. 2 before city council. The proposed ordinance established child safety zones that would make it unlawful for certain sex offenders to reside within 1,500 feet of where children commonly gather. 

But, Kyle City Council requested that Barnett would consider reducing the restriction to 1,000 feet. This would cover at least 60% of the city. 

At the April 20 meeting, council voted 6-1 in favor of setting the distance requirement to 1,000 feet. Mayor Travis Mitchell was the dissenting vote; he suggested 500 feet for a middle ground number that would cover about half of the city. 

Following the first presentation on Feb. 2, Pates said that he has received an influx of calls from registered sex offenders interested in moving to Kyle since the city has not established an ordinance yet.

A second reading is still needed for final approval. 

 

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch for a year, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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