Sex offenders banned from parks in NC city

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) -- Sex offenders will have to stay out of Gastonia's recreational facilities.

The Gaston Gazette reported Wednesday the Gastonia City Council has made it a misdemeanor crime for a registered sex offender to enter city recreational facilities. The decision came unanimously without debate or discussion.

The only exception is when the facility is used as a polling place and recreational activities are suspended.

The maximum fine for violators would be $500. Signs with the new regulation will be posted within the next month at the entrance of the facilities.

There are almost 300 registered sex offenders in Gaston County.


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