Archive for Saturday, August 25, 2007

Judge tells self-described pedophile to stay away from schools, playgrounds

August 25, 2007


— A judge on Friday ordered a self-described pedophile to stay at least 10 yards from places where children congregate, including schools, playgrounds and child care centers.

The permanent injunction narrows an initial order earlier this month that had barred Jack McClellan from coming within 30 feet of any person younger than 18 anywhere in California.

The new order by Superior Court Judge Melvin Sandvig also prohibits McClellan from contacting, videotaping or photographing children without written consent from their guardian or parent.

The injunction allows civil action against McClellan if it is violated. A three-year restraining order carrying the same restrictions was also issued and given to law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

As he left the hearing, McClellan told reporters, "I don't know what I'm going to do now."

McClellan, 45, came to the attention of authorities for a Web site on which he had posted photos of children in public places and discussed how he liked to stake out parks, libraries, fast-food restaurants and other areas where little girls congregated.

McClellan maintained he launched the site as a form of therapy and wouldn't do anything illegal. He has never been charged with molestation. His Internet service provider took down his Web site more than a month ago.

Sandvig did not give specific reasons for revising his initial order but indicated he was aware of concerns about its constitutionality, given its sweeping nature.

"Minor children are a group that do need extra protection because they can't be watched 24-seven," the judge said.


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