Lake County judge discusses why sex offender allowed to live near daycare

Judge says community safer with man living with parents

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Shannon Baruch

CLERMONT, Fla. - A Lake County judge held a clarification hearing on Tuesday to discuss why he allowed a convicted sex offender to live blocks away from a child daycare.

Judge Lawrence Semento spoke in court on Tuesday saying that he signed the order to allow sex offender Shannon Baruch to live close to the daycare in Clermont because he believed the community would be safer with Baruch living with his parents.

Semento also said that he was under the impression that where Baruch was living did not violate the law when he signed the order.

The judge's decision caused controversy when neighbors complained he was only living 800 feet away from a daycare and even closer to a community pool.

Baruch will return to court next week. He is still currently living with his parents, whose home sits 821 feet from a daycare and 698 feet from a community park and swimming pool, according to Clermont police.

In October, Baruch, 25, pleaded no contest to inappropriately touching a girl younger than 16-years-old. Semento sentenced Baruch to five years of probation and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

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