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      Holdrege Woman Seeks Ban on Predators

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      A Holdrege woman running for city council wants to pass an ordinance that would prohibit sexual predators from living within 500 feet of a school or licensed daycare. At city council meetings, Mary McDermott has been making her point.

      “There are certain crimes that can be prevented but you’re never going to get all of them. However, this is a step in the right direction for protecting our families,” said McDermott.

      The Holdrege Police Department wants to remind people that just because someone is on the sex offender registry, it doesn't mean that someone is a sexual predator.

      “I've checked with other communities and some of the problems they have are people calling in and saying this person is living within 500 feet of a school, when in fact they are not sexual predators,” said Holdrege Police Chief Dennis DaMoude.

      A sexual predator is someone who committed an aggravated sex crime to someone under the age of 18.

      Additionally, anyone who is already living in the area could not be forced to leave.

      The Holdrege superintendent is up for any idea that could make for a safer area for students.

      “We like to keep our students as safe as possible, if there are people who are out there that are potentially danger to our students,” said Todd Hilyard.

      Cozad, Gothenburg and Lexington all have this ordinance in place. The Holdrege city administrator is currently talking with other cities that have a similar ordinance in place to see if it was beneficial to their community.


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