— A judge in Chatham County ruled Thursday that part of the state law restricting the activities of registered sex offenders is to too vague to be enforced, and he declared it unconstitutional.
Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour also dismissed criminal charges against two men who had been indicted under the law because they were around children while attending church.
State lawmakers expanded restrictions on sex offenders last year by banning them from being within 300 feet of any place intended for the use, care or supervision of children and from "any place where minors gather for regularly scheduled educational, recreational or social programs."James Nichols and Frank De Maio were indicted in May on charges of violating the law by attending Moncure Baptist Church, which has a nursery and regular programs for children. Nichols was convicted twice of indecent liberties with a teen girl and most recently of attempted second-degree rape in 2003.
De Maio was convicted twice of taking indecent liberties with children.
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