Wallkill cracks down on where pedophiles live, work

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A new Wallkill law aims to put more distance between convicted child sex offenders and places where children are likely to congregate.

The measure restricts pedophiles from living, working or gathering within 1,000 feet of public locations, such as parks.

According to Wallkill Police Chief Robert Hertman, 15 convicted sex offenders are in violation of the new law.

Police officers will deliver letters to those violators informing them of the change and letting them know they have six months to find new homes or jobs. Pedophiles who don't obey could face fines and jail time.

Residents and officials seemed unsympathetic as to where those offenders should go. "I don't care where they live," said Wallkill Supervisor John Ward. "If they're in jail, they lose certain rights. When they get out, they ... lose certain rights."

"I think it's a good law. I agree with it wholeheartedly," said resident Harry Swensen.

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