Riverside Co. looks to regulate sex offenders

RIVERSIDE, Calif. At issue is the placement of 38-year-old sex offender Donald Schmidt. In 1988, he was convicted of sodomizing and murdering 3-year old Maria Lea Silvola at her family's home in Santa Cruz County.

Recently, there was word Schmidt may be released to a group home near an elementary school outside Perris. That plan has since been scrapped. But Schmidt's case is up for consideration by parole officials and according to his attorney, if a decision is not made in the next year, Schmidt will be released be default.

/*Riverside County*/ supervisors are expected to pass a resolution at their meeting Tuesday morning explicitly opposing Schmidt's parole to Riverside County.

They are also set to discuss an ordinance that would prohibit the operation of a halfway house in the county's unincorporated areas.

Another measure up for consideration would make it a crime for a convicted sex offender to live within 2,000 feet of any school, park, or child day care facility. It would also establish loitering limits around public swimming pools and libraries as well as block property owners from renting or leasing a room or a house to more than one sex offender at a time.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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