Church sex offender camp to close

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A church sex offender camp will be closing its doors soon.

A new law is forcing Chilton County pastor Ricky Martin to close his camp for convicted sex offenders. Martin says the Bible commands him to care for the outcast. Yet, because of a law that recently went into effect, he had to move the men out of campers that are by the church.

Alabama legislators passed a law that bans convicted sex offenders from living within 300 feet of each other on the same property. The campers parked beside Triumph Church, near Clanton have housed more than 50 sex offenders since 2010.

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