Dublin Could Ban Sex Offenders From Parts Of Community Rec Center, Community Pools


Dublin City officials are looking at how to keep registered sex offenders from some areas of community recreation centers.

Currently, sex offenders are free to access all areas of the Dublin Community Recreation Center and the two Dublin community pools.

A new proposal looks to change that policy.

The new policy would require members to allow their personal information checked against the national sex offender database.

“With that database checklist, we would be able to identify individuals with any kind of history,” said Matt Earman, the director of Dublin Recreation Services.

Under the new policy, sex offenders would be prohibited from entering pass-restricted areas of the facilities, including locker rooms, pools and weight rooms. They would still have access to public areas.

Earman stresses that no particular incident prompted the proposed policy.

“The only event that we identify is the ability for us to minimize the risk; we want to make sure we are ahead of the game,” he said.

Earman said he’s aware of other communities nationally that have similar policies, but none in central Ohio.

City council is expected to vote on the proposed policy at Monday’s meeting.

Earman said if passed it could be implemented as early as next week.