Alabama shuts down church's sex offender housing

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Updated: 7/01 4:02 pm

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama pastor said he's shutting down his refuge for convicted sex offenders because of a new law.

Ricky Martin said he doesn't like having to move men out of campers beside his church in rural Chilton County, but he has no choice.

Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting convicted sex offenders from living within 300 feet of each other on the same property. It takes effect Tuesday.

Prosecutor C.J. Robinson said he wrote the bill because of complaints and concerns over the large number of registered sex offenders on Martin's property. Robinson said more than 50 men have lived at the camp since 2010.

Martin said he's committed to following the Bible's commands to care for the outcast.

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