Barberton takes aim at sexual predators, limiting where they can live | #predators | #childpredators | #kids


 Editor’s note: Some details have been altered to protect the identity of the victim.

When the 11-year-old girl came into Shaun “Rocky” Jaber’s store in September, the Barberton councilman was concerned.

After he heard the child’s story, his concern deepened.

The girl told him a harrowing story. While out on a walk near Lake Anna, she encountered the man who molested her years earlier.

“[The child’s] jaw dropped and she was scared,” Jaber said. “She came in and she was shaking and crying.”

Jaber found out that the man lived downtown near the lake and roamed the track around it frequently. Lake Anna park is popular with residents, and a magnet for young people. Jaber thought it inconceivable that a registered sex offender could live so close to a public park.

“I said, we’ll figure something,” he told the child.

Limiting where sex offenders can reside

Jaber researched the city’s ordinance that limits where sex offenders can reside. The legislation on the books banned offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools and day care centers.



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