Changes to sex offender registration - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Changes to sex offender registration

Some sex offenders currently registered with the state may not have to soon.  That means violent sex offenders who served their time, could be living next door, and you may not even know it.

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that sex offenders released from prison before July of 1997 no longer have to tell authorities where they live.

One of the reasons is research shows that when sex offenders re-offend, they usually do it in the years immediately after their release from prison.

"Cuyahoga County has no reason to be concerned. The laws are still in full force and effect." Said Steve Gaull, Cuyhagoa County Prosecutors Office.  Meaning all of the more recent sex offenders must continue to register with authorities.

Katie Orlando works in the Sex Offenders Unit at the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office, and says, "If you sign up for an email alert, anytime an offender moves to within a mile radius of your property no matter what classification, you get an email alert."

Orlando also says the Sheriff's and The Attorney General's websites are the best way for the public to monitor their neighborhoods.

But from now on, sex offenders out of prison for more than 15 years, will begin disappearing from websites like that.

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