More than a dozen registered sex offenders are living too close to children, that’s according to the Lamesa Police Department.

The chief of police confirmed that 19 residents received notices stating they were in violation of the city’s code of ordinances.

Eugene Gaspar is a registered sex offender who said the department gave him 90 days to move, or face a fine of up to $500 a day. Gaspar said the notice came as a surprise because officers at the Lamesa Police Department approved his address when his family purchased their home more than two years ago. Gaspar said he has registered at the Lamesa Police Department every 90 days for the past two years, with no problem, until now.

Mary Sue Molnar is the founder and executive director of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, a volunteer organization that provides support for sex offenders and their families. Molnar said she was contacted by multiple registered sex offenders in Lamesa who had identical stories to Gaspar’s.


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