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Law would ban sex offenders from some multi-unit buildings, houses in Maine

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A proposal at the Maine State House would add living restrictions to Maine's sex offender law.

The bill would ban a convicted sex offender from living in a multiunit building that shares an entrance with a unit occupied by a minor.

Specifically, a sex offender who committed a crime against someone under the age of 14 would be banned from living in a multiunit building with a shared entrance with a person under 18.

Maine law requires a sex offender who committed an offense against a child under the age of 14 to not have any contact with any child under 14.

Sex offenders are also required to not have contact with a child in a sex offender zone, which are areas set up in different communities that prohibit sex offenders. These areas are generally around schools.

Some Maine communities have opted into a state law that allows them to prohibit sex offenders from living in these zones.

A hearing on the proposal was scheduled for Monday.

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