Saturday, November 10, 2012

KY - Some advocates push animal abuse registry

Why do people continually pick and chose what should or shouldn't be on a registry? If an online shaming hit-list is okay for ex-sex offenders, then we should have one for all criminals.

IN - Illinois sex offender doesn't have to register in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS — A man who was convicted of sexual assault in Illinois about 25 years ago isn’t required to register as a sex offender in Indiana, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.

[name withheld], 46, can’t be prosecuted for failing to register because he was convicted before either state enacted its sex offender registry, the court ruled Thursday. [name withheld], of Hammond, had been charged with two felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender.

[name withheld] was convicted in Illinois in 1987 of aggravated criminal sexual assault. In 1996, that state enacted a law requiring sex offenders to register and [name withheld] was convicted under that law in 2003 and again in 2007.

He later moved to Indiana where, in 2009, he was convicted again, this time under a 2006 Indiana law requiring those who have been convicted of a sexual offense elsewhere to sign up on the Indiana sex offenders’ registry, court records show.

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Indiana’s 1994 sex offender registry law can’t be applied retroactively, as was done in Illinois.

The appeals court dismissed the state attorneys’ claim that excusing [name withheld] from registering in Indiana could turn the state into a haven for sex offenders, saying the high court’s decisions apply equally to those convicted elsewhere.

We are dealing only with those offenders who committed crimes in states which had no registration requirements at the time of the offenses,” Senior Judge John Sharpnack wrote.

A spokesman for the Indiana attorney general’s office said legislators had held study committee hearings this year to consider changes to the state sex offender registry in light of recent court decisions that have limited its enforcement.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office will continue to provide advice to our clients during this review to ensure the registry remains a useful tool that parents can use to protect their children from offenders and that the public can have confidence in,” Bryan Corbin said in an email.

He said the agency had not yet decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

NY - Village Board Proposes Sex Offender Law

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By Rebecka Schumann

The measure is designed to protect local minors.

The Farmingdale Village Board of Trustees proposed a new local law they say will protect residents from registered sex offenders.

During a Nov. 5 public meeting, the proposed law would restrict any sex offender registered with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services from holding a permanent or mobile residence near locations were children congregate.

The law was proposed in connection with the Sex Offender Registration Act in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of minors.

Under the proposed law, all registered sex offenders would be prohibited from any park, playground, athletic field, swimming pool operated by any municipality as well as any school building, property or instructional facilities.

The law would also disallow offenders from loitering or living one half mile radius from any school, park, playground of daycare as well as within 500 feet from a school bus stop.

It would also be made unlawful to lease or sublease property to any registered offender.

Violators of the proposed law will be given 30 days to relocate or a maximum daily fine of $2,500. The new law has exemptions including allowing registered sex offender currently in an established residence before the law is voted into effect to be exempt from relocating.