Court refuses to allow convicted sex offender to attend son's Little League games - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Court refuses to allow convicted sex offender to attend son's Little League games

A convicted sex offender will not be allowed to go to his son's Little League baseball games.  That's the ruling from Clark Circuit Court Friday.

A Jeffersonville city ordinance prohibits sex offenders from entering local parks.  But one sex offender says he's not giving up after a judge told him he can't watch his son play baseball.

Eric Dowdell says he just wants to be a good father and support his son, who plays Little League baseball in Jeffersonville.  But Gavin Rose, Dowdell's attorney, says he's not suprised by the ruling.

In 1996, Dowdell was convicted of sexual battery.  Attorneys for the city want to keep Dowdell away from parks because of other violent behavior since his conviction.

Rose and Dowdell are now working on what to do next.  Dowdell has another lawsuit pending, challenging the ordinance itself in Clark County.

Rose says they'll see if a judge strikes down the ordinance.  They could go to the Indiana Court of Appeals or file another exemption next spring when baseball season starts up again.

Dowdell's son plays baseball with the Clarksville Little League.  They practice at Meijer Field in Memorial Park in Jeffersonville.

The judge said Dowdell's strangulation and domestic battery charges from March of this year show he still poses a danger to the community.

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