Changes to Sex Offender Law

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

If you live in Ohio and a sex offender moves into your area, you may be notified.

A law passed by the Ohio Supreme Court in 2003 says the public should be informed about sex offenders in their area.

Wednesday, the court ruled that this law applies to all sex offenders, and not just those who registered after the law was passed.

"I think it is imperative in my position as sheriff to notify the public where we have sex offenders, where they're located, what they look like," Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said.

There are several ways people are notified when a sex offender moves into the area.

You might receive a phone call or a letter in the mail, or you can contact the sheriff's office to be put on an e-mail list.

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  • by babe Location: usa on Mar 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    when you get a dui and you are embarrass and you want to move on with your life ,do you think everyone entitled to know. just because I click a link and was arrested for viewing child porn a mistake I made should the whole world know , I just want to move on ,but you wont let me , I will turn to the life of crime , and I will rob and steal from you .. I may kill someday , all over this thing you must know who’s who’s ,,I will get smarted , I might be homeless I might steal your car , I might break your windows , I might spend time in jail , I will get out and start all over again , why why must you know about me ,for the rest of my life you will know ,I just want to move on. all this misery a set up by the fbi sting, who operate illegal porn sites entrapment, in my 50 years i hurt no one i dont think about your kids or any kids , im allways curious and when looking at porn sites curiosity got in the way , see the book curious george kill the cat ,so please sociaty please change laws
  • by MSLGW Location: Tulsa on Oct 6, 2008 at 09:41 PM
    Girl, 15, accused of sending nude photos over phone How does making a 15 year old, who did one bad thing, a Tier II sex offender protect anybody? Do these people really think she is a danger to children for one bad mistake? This is insane! Ruin a child's life, before it even begins! How is that justice? There are 10 year old sex offenders who are now in their teens and 20's. All, "We the People" do is react. OMG a sex offender. NEWARK — A 15-year-old girl was charged with felony offenses Monday in the Juvenile Division of Licking County Common Pleas Court for sending nude photographs of herself to other juveniles’ cell phones, Licking County Assistant Prosecutor Erin Welch said. Go here for the full story CFCOKLAHOMA(.)ORG It's time to take your head out of the sand because YOUR human rights are quickly disappearing.
  • by Roberts Location: Ohio on Oct 6, 2008 at 08:02 PM
    Dr.Marty Klein explains why this paranoia is a bad idea. Check it out... the second entry in his monthly blog.
  • by Jacquelyn Horst Location: Oakwood, OH on Oct 5, 2008 at 03:14 PM
    When the state of Ohio has grouped ALL sex offenders alike, it is nothing short than Nazi Germany in a Communist State. The last I knew, we were THE UNITED STATES! CLEAN UP THE REGISTRY & THEN MOVE FORTH!
  • by Slippery Slope Location: Ohio on Oct 5, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    The problem is "WASP", people had better wake up.The constitution was put in place by people who understood WHY we need to protect rights, everyones rights.You are correct, no one cares about sex offenders.But America had better take a look at allowing ex post facto rulings---"it is ok because you know, it is just a sex offender".It will only be a matter of time before some other group is stigmatized & it is declared socially acceptable to take away their rights. The vote seeking politicians are eager to prey on public undesirables and portray to public they are "tough" on crime. Does the public realize it is usually a family member or family friend that abuses a child?Of course not, they fall for the hysteria and fall in line like lemmings for the politicians.We have a major financial disaster going on in this country.We need to take a look at the ineffective AWA that has been forced onto states.The registry is watered down/worthlesthless & ever expanding with SO many Sex Offenders?
  • by R Location: Indiana on Oct 5, 2008 at 12:45 PM
    This is a sad day for Ohioans and all Americans. These laws are based on hysteria and fear. The decision that the retro-activity of these laws passes constitutionality tests affects all families of those convicted of illegal drugs, DUI, or any kind of a conviction that could be construed to endanger children. As the hysteria and fear continue, you may find yourself registering every year for a crime you committed 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years ago. People will eventually begin to understand that sex offenders are not the high re-offender population that they have been lead to believe. When the public realizes drug offenders are more likely to re-offend, the public will demand they be placed on a registry and on and on it goes. We already have more criminals locked up then any other civilized country. Once they get out, we still can't let them get jobs and housing and stability. Lack of jobs, housing, and stability leads to more crimes. Wake up people!!!!
  • by MSLGW Location: Tulsa on Oct 4, 2008 at 02:35 PM
    Senator Jack Scott: Ex-Sex Offenders OK as Students Here:
  • by Schrodinger on Oct 4, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    Most people fail to realize that these laws hurt children in many ways, ESPECIALLY the children of people who are labled a sex offender. It's obvious that some people in society do not care that a former offender has learned from his/her mistake, became better people and moved on to productive, stable, nonoffending of any kind, loving spouse&parent,cares about the welfare of others, lives. If you are labled a sex offender you, automatically by default, have just become a child molester with 300 victims.... when in reality, the majority of those on 'the list' did not involve a child and was a one time mistake. These laws hurt these people, not the child molester with 300 victims. Kids are on this list, there lives are @#$%@#. Society is moving backwards and wrong Over 90% of the offenses that are happening today are from people not on a list and are well known to the victim and the victim is being victimized in their own home.How are these laws protecting children again???
  • by Fallenone Location: Cincinnati on Oct 4, 2008 at 02:00 PM
    Again, Ohio misses the mark on promoting public safety. The registries have done absolutely NOTHING to protect the public. The number of laws targeting SOs has increased since 200, yet sex crimes remain constant. Why? Because most sex crimes are committed by people NOT on registries. How many SOs reoffend? VERY FEW. People like Wasp use this information to harass SOs. Wasp won't tell you that 40% of SOs have experienced harassment. How is harassing Former Offenders a "benefit" to society? None. It interferes with stable housing, employment, and support, which are hallmarks of recidivism reduction. But Wasp explains the problem perfectly. "No one cares." Exactly. People DON'T care about doing what works; they only care about harming others. Thats a big reason why there hasn't been a dent in sex crimes in this country. Millions spent on monitoring a "suspect" class with no results. As long as you focus on punishment, not prevention, continue to expect NO results
  • by SexOffenderIssues Location: USSA on Oct 4, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    It doesn't matter WASP (Tracy Golden), if one person is killed by wanna-be vigilantes like yourself, that is one too many! And the reason you are being sued: So how is that therapy working out for you? Not good I see.
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