Sex offenders against children could be allowed to move closer to schools and parks in Greeley under a new ordinance. The ordinance would reduce the mandatory distance a sex offender must live from parks, schools, playgrounds and pools from 750 feet to 300 feet.

The city attorney suggested the ordinance change out of fear of a lawsuit that could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars, referring to a lawsuit the city of Englewood recently lost. The city's sex offender ordinance was so strict that 99 percent of the city was off limits.

"We're trying to strike a balance between the need for public safety. We want to protect our kids from sex offenders, versus being able to have these folks rehabilitate and not re-offend out here," Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner said.

The ordinance will go before city council next month for public comment.

Source: 9 News