The conclusion of the case of a Florida nine-year-old, kidnapped, raped and murdered by her ex-con next door neighbor, was the news hook for Jim Avila to take A Closer Look at sexual offenders for ABC. More neighborhoods impose zoning regulations that exclude these former inmates. As a result they are forced into their own ghettoes away from schools and daycare centers. Avila showed us one Iowa motel where convicted molestors, having served their time, are forced to room together. Such measures offer a sense of false security, an academic told Avila, since most sexual offenses are not committed by strangers but by members and friends of the family.
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