Law barring convicted sex offenders from schools challenged

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HARTFORD CITY, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana man is challenging a new state law that bars certain convicted sex offenders from entering schools because it impedes his ability to vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Brian Keith Valenti of Hartford City.

It says the law that took effect July 1 prevents sex offenders from voting in person when their polling places are located in schools.

The lawsuit says school children aren’t permitted in polling areas unless accompanied by adult voters.

Valenti was convicted of engaging in lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 in 1993 in California. He moved to Hartford City last year.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office says it will review the lawsuit and respond in court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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