SANATOGA PA – “Protecting Your Children From Sex Offenders” – a seminar that 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 – will be held Jan. 9 (2013; Wednesday) at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, 1329 Buchert Rd.
The program is free and open to the public. Police departments in Lower, West and Upper Pottsgrove have endorsed the program and are encouraging parents and other adults to attend. It is being presented by the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, and hosted by the Pottsgrove School District.
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.
Plans for the presentation began following the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ Nov. 1 (2012) decision to remove a 2009 sex offender residency ordinance from the township books. The law placed limits on where registered sex offenders could live, a restrictiveness that was later held by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to be unconstitutional and unenforceable elsewhere in the state.
Commissioners soon after adopted a suggestion by Lower Pottsgrove 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.
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