- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) - The City Council in the southeastern North Dakota community of Hankinson has given initial approval to a sex offender ordinance after an offender moved to town from South Dakota.

The proposal would prohibit a registered sex offender from living within 800 feet of a school, child care facility, park, playground or other place where children congregate.

An offender also would be barred from loitering within 400 feet of a “child safety zone.”

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office says a high-risk sex offender who served 15 years in South Dakota’s State Penitentiary for assaulting a minor in Brookings County recently moved to Hankinson. Authorities say the 54-year-old man refused to undergo sex offender treatment while in prison.

The ordinance could get final approval May 5.

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