MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council voted on Wednesday, September 6th to all but eliminate the city’s residency restrictions for sex offenders, and there’s one sex offender in particular who likely played a big role in the change.

The council voted to remove a restriction as to where sex offenders can live. Currently, general sex offenders cannot live within 2,000 feet of schools, day cares or parks.

Due to a lawsuit against the city by sex offenders, Alderman Michael Murphy said the city had no choice but to change the rules. Murphy said the proposal still needs to be signed off on by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, but he said the current 1,500-foot restriction limited Milwaukee sex offenders to only 115 homes that weren’t close to day cares or schools.

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