Article II - Child Safety Zone
§ 19-50. Prohibition of Convicted Child Sex Offenders in Child Safety Zone.
Definitions. The following terms are defined for purposes of this Chapter:
Camp - A site where educational and recreational activities are provided for
Child Safety Zone - All parks, public libraries, school sites, camps, and the
public ways within 300 feet of a park, public library, school site, or camp.
Convicted Child Sex Offender - Any person who is required to register on the
North Carolina Sex Offender and Public Protection Registry pursuant to
which could require him or her to register on the North Carolina Sex Offender
and Public Protection Registry.
Loiter - Standing, sitting idly, whether or not the person is in a vehicle or
remaining in or around a child safety zone. This term shall not include the
A person's mere physical presence on a school site for the purposes of:
Dropping off or picking up such person's legal child who
attends such school; or
Meeting with school officials at the school at which such
person's legal child attends; or
Attending a school event in which such person's legal child is
A person's mere physical presence at an event announced to and open
to the general public held on a school site.
Park - The same as defined by §19-3.
Public Way - Any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public
has access and includes, but is not limited to, streets, common areas of schools,
shopping centers, parking lots, parks, playgrounds, transportation facilities,
theaters, restaurants, shops, bowling alleys, taverns, cafes, arcades, and similar
areas that are open to the use of the public.
The buildings and grounds of any elementary school, junior high
school, high school, or pre-school or child development or child-care
facility required to be licensed by the State of North Carolina; and
All school-bus stops.
Public Library - Any library operated by Henderson County.
It shall be unlawful for a convicted child sex offender to knowingly loiter in any child
§ 19-51. Enforcement Procedures.
If a law enforcement officer reasonably believes that a convicted child sex offender is in
a child safety zone in violation of this article, the officer shall require the convicted child
sex offender to provide his/her name, address, and telephone number. If the officer
establishes that the individual is a convicted child sex offender, then the officer shall
notify the convicted child sex offender that he/she is in violation of the article.
For the purposes hereof, an individual may be established as a convicted child sex
If he/she is a resident of North Carolina and is required to be registered on the
North Carolina Department of Public Safety Sex Offender Registration
If he/she is not a resident of North Carolina, he/she would be required to so
register if he/she was, in fact, a North Carolina resident.
§ 19-52. Violations and Penalties.
Any person violating any provision of this article, upon conviction, shall be punished by incarceration as allowed by
North Carolina law and by a fine not to exceed $500.
§ 19-53. Severability.
If any provision of this article is invalidated by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions shall
not be affected and shall remain in full force and effect.
§ 19-54. Through 19-75. (Reserved)