SANATOGA PA – A free and open-to-the-public program titled “Protecting Your Children From Sex Offenders,” the scheduling of which was encouraged by Lower Pottsgrove Township’s Board of Commissioners, will be held Jan. 9 (2013; Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, 1329 Buchert Rd.
The seminar, offered by the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, focuses on what parents and others can do to protect children from sex offenders, reduce victimization, make services available for victims, promote community safety, and manage the identified sex offender population in local municipalities. It has been endorsed by police departments in Lower, West and Upper Pottsgrove, and is being hosted by the Pottsgrove School District.
Plans for the presentation follow the Lower Pottsgrove board’s Nov. 1 (2012) decision to remove a 2009 sex offender residency ordinance from its books. The law placed limits on where registered sex offenders could live within township borders, a restrictiveness that was later held by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be unconstitutional elsewhere in the state.
Lower Pottsgrove Solicitor R. Kurtz Holloway advised the local law probably was unenforceable. Commissioners agreed, unhappily, but they quickly advocated a suggestion by Police Chief Michael Foltz to bring the county program to the district. It also has been offered in other communities across the county’s western half during the past year.
Most commissioners, during last week’s (Dec. 3) meeting, said they expected to attend. They urged parents and adults to turn out in force as well.
Because of its sensitive subject matter, Foltz recommended that no one age 17 or younger attend the presentation. For more information, call the Lower Pottsgrove department at 610-326-1508.