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October 31, 2006

Valdosta - Several Georgia Sheriffs have agreed not to evict elderly and disabled sex offenders from their homes.

Georgia's new Sex Offender law prohibits registered sex offenders from living within a thousand feet of a church, school, or any place children gather.  The Southern Center for Human Rights filed suit on behalf of nine men living near a church.

All the men are terminally ill or severely disabled and live in a nursing home, hospice or family member's home.

Sheriff's in a couple of counties agreed not to evict the offenders.  The Human Rights group hopes to reach agreements with the other counties soon.  "I don't think there is a sheriff in Georgia who would want to evict an elderly man from a nursing home because that nursing home is less than 1000 feet from a church," says Sara Geraghty, Attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Attorneys with the Southern Center for Human Rights plan to continue to challenge the church provision of the bill.

They say it's too restrictive, especially for elderly and disabled offenders who pose no threat to others.

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