An Amarillo, Texas, subdivision has barred convicted sex offenders from owning or living in any new home in the community.
The Woodlands homeowners association says the deed restriction
will not affect the 550 existing homes, but will apply to new
development. Deeds will stipulate that a homeowner cannot sell the
home if the buyer or a future inhabitant is a sex offender.
Violators will be required to sell the home and move.
An attorney for the developer says the homeowners association
will periodically check the state online database of registered sex
The local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the
sex offender ban could unfairly lump a wide range of offenders
together. The group's legal chair notes the case of a man who was
required to register as a sex offender because of a streaking