Ex-Pa. lawmaker takes sex-offender fight to court

September 23, 2008 6:56:39 AM PDT
A former Pennsylvania state lawmaker has gone to court to fight for the right to house sex offenders in his community. Tom Armstrong is asking a Lancaster County judge to overturn an August zoning board ruling that said Armstrong violated a local ordinance by taking three sex offenders into his Marietta home.

Armstrong says the zoning officer didn't properly investigate who was living in his home before issuing a cease-and-desist order June 18. Armstrong filed the appeal Sept. 11.

Marietta borough attorney Shawn Long isn't commenting on the appeal.

Armstrong served 12 years in the Legislature before he was defeated in the 2002 Republican primary.

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