Sex offenders found in clusters in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - A state law limiting where sex offenders can live has led to an increase of offenders clustering to certain areas of Louisville.

For example, 29 of 74 registered offenders living in the city's 40258 ZIP code live in one apartment complex, according to the online Kentucky State Police Sex Offender Registry. It is one of the largest clusters in the city, which has 1,000 registered sex offenders.

Trooper John Hawkins, a state police spokesman, told the newspaper that clustering is inevitable. He says the law is "pushing sex offenders into certain locations."

Sex offenders in Kentucky who committed their crimes after July 2006 cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, publicly owned playground or day care center.

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