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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 3, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  An Albany registered sex offender is asking for help after he was ordered to move by his probation officer.

Roy Bolton says he must move in the next 30 days from his South Albany home, because he lives only 280 feet from a church that has a daycare center. Bolton was convicted of child molestation in 1985, and served 7 years in prison.

He has lived with his Mother for six months, as her only caretaker. Bolton says state law is too strict, if it makes him leave his Mother alone.

Bolton said "My responsibility is here, to take care of my Mother. For 11 years I have kept my nose clean, stayed out of trouble. Done what I am supposed to."

Bolton says Georgia law for registered sex offenders is too arbitrary, saying he has the right to attend church, but can not live too close to one.

 Dougherty County Sheriff's Office officials say they do not make Georgia law, but must enforce it.

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