Sex Offenders Prohibited

Sex Offenders Prohibited

Section 15-3

Registered sex offenders prohibited from entering Rowan County parks, recreation areas, fairgrounds and public libraries.

(a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) Registered sex offender. An individual who is registered by a state or federal agency as a sex offender and whose name is published on any state or federal registered sex offender listing, including, but not limited to, the sex offender registry established in Chapter 14, Article 27.1 of the North Carolina General Statutes. 

(2) Rowan County parks, recreation areas, fairgrounds, public libraries. Any county owned, leased, operated or maintained land which is designated by the County of Rowan as a park, recreation facility, fairground, or library and any parks, recreation facilities, fairgrounds, or libraries in the unincorporated areas of Rowan County and designated by resolution by the Rowan County Board of Commissioners with support and approval of the Rowan County Sheriff.  

 (b) No registered sex offender shall enter into or upon any Rowan County parks, recreation area, fairgrounds, or public libraries operated by the County of Rowan. Each entry into such areas, regardless of the time period between such entries, shall constitute a separate offense under this section. An exception is provided when such facility, if used as a polling place for an election, the registered sex offender may enter for the limited purpose of voting if he/she qualifies to do so at that polling place.

(c) This section shall be enforced by the Rowan County Sheriff's Department or other law enforcement agency with jurisdiction pursuant to any mutual aid agreement then in place providing for such enforcement responsibility.

(d) Anyone who is found in violation of this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500) per offense and/or 30 days in jail as set forth in G.S. 14-4, or as such statute may be amended from time to time.

(e) The county manager or his designee shall post this regulation at the main entrance of each park, recreation area, fairground and public library within 30 days of passage of this section.