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ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina sheriff has sent a letter to sex offenders in his county banning them from church.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Graham County Sheriff Danny Millsaps has banned sex offenders in his small county from going to church, citing a state law designed to protect children and residents.

“This is an effort to protect the citizens and children of the community of Graham (County),” he wrote, according to a letter obtained by the paper. “I cannot let one sex offender go to church and not let all registered sex offenders go to church.”

Graham County is near Tennessee and has about 9,000 residents and 20 registered sex offenders. The sheriff said he made a mistake wording the letter saying sex offenders are not permitted to attend church.

Millsaps also said he has no immediate plans to arrest any sex offenders in his county if they attend church. He said they are welcome to attend church in jail.

The county attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union in Raleigh are currently reviewing the matter. Neither has issued statements at the time.