Crusading Ex-Pa. Lawmaker Takes In Sex Offenders

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) - A former tough-on-crime Pennsylvania
lawmaker has a new cause that's angered his neighbors, drawn
pickets and touched off a zoning dispute.
He's taken in three convicted sex offenders who couldn't find a
place to live.
Tom Armstrong says he's drawing on his religious belief in
forgiveness and sheltering them until he can open a halfway house
for sex offenders.
In early June, Armstrong allowed the men to move into his
15-room century-old home in Marietta, 75 miles west of
Philadelphia, after another town blocked his plans for the halfway
Armstrong's address now appears on the state Web site that lists
the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders.
When word got out, residents began packing community meetings,
circulating fliers with the men's mugshots and pressing officials
for action.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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