LOS ANGELES – Self-described pedophile Jack McClellan said he is leaving California after a judge ordered him to stay away permanently from places where children gather, it was reported Sunday.
"I have to leave the state, really, I can't live here under this Orwellian protocol," he told KABC-TV. "It's nightmarish."
A call to McClellan's cell phone on Sunday by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.
McClellan has been unemployed and living out of his car since arriving in Southern California this summer from Washington.
On Friday, Superior Court Judge Melvin Sandvig issued a permanent injunction and a three-year restraining order that prohibit McClellan from coming within 30 feet of schools, playgrounds and other places where children congregate.
The judge's ruling narrowed a previous injunction, issued earlier in the month, that had barred McClellan from coming near anyone under age 18 anywhere in the state. McClellan spent 10 days in jail for violating that injunction when he was arrested earlier this month near a child care center at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Sandvig's new ruling also bars McClellan from contacting, videotaping or photographing children or publishing their photos without written consent from a guardian or parent. McClellan could be arrested if he violates that prohibition.
McClellan, 45, came to the attention of authorities for a Web site where he posted photos of children in public places and discussed how he liked to stake out parks, public libraries, fast-food restaurants and other areas where little girls congregated.
His Internet service provider took down his Web site more than a month ago.
McClellan maintained he launched the site as a form of therapy and wouldn't do anything illegal. He has never been charged with molestation.