The Federal Adam Walsh Act Sex Offender notification act is now in effect. This new Federal law reclassifies all previously registered Sex Offenders under a new Tier level classification system. This law was implemented to standardize Sex Offender classifications nationwide and the new Sex Offender classifications are based on the actual crime the Offender was convicted of and the age of the victims.
The new Tier Levels are generally categorized as follows:
Tier I is the lowest classification level and is comparable to the old Sexually Oriented Offender classification. These offenders have to register yearly for 15 years.
Tier II is the middle level classification and is comparable to the old Habitual Sex Offender classification. Tier II may or may not have public notification post cards sent out to neighbors depending on Court designation. These offenders have to register every 180 days for 25 years.
Tier III is the highest classification level and is comparable to the old Sexual Predator classification and includes public notification post cards sent out to neighbors. These offenders have to register every 90 days for life.
There are several slight name variations within each level in regards to a type and or age of the victim.
All Sex Offenders are reclassified and many of the reclassified offenders will have public notification post cards sent out to their neighborhoods in the near future as they comply with the new registration requirements under the Adam Walsh Act.
This may cause some confusion to the nearby neighbors of the reclassified Sex Offenders as to why they are now getting public post card notifications about offenders who have been living near them for years. Under the old law Sheriff's Offices were not permitted to send out public post card notifications to nearby neighbors on those offenders due to their classifications under the old laws.
Persons wanting more information on Sex Offenders can check out the Hancock County Sheriff's WebSite or by detailed public records checks through the Clerk of Courts in the county where the offender was convicted.
Once these sex offenders are released from jail or the prison system they are required by law to register with the Sheriff of the county in which they plan to live. Under Ohio’s SORN laws BCI&I, (The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation & Identification) collects data from the 88 County Sheriff’s on the sex offenders registered in their counties, on incarcerated sex offenders in the state prison system, and on sex offenders moving in from other states. Registration data is housed and managed on databases at BCI&I which is headquartered in London, Ohio.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has placed the entire States of Ohio Sex Offender Registration database online at their website www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us . This allows citizens to have one website to search for sex offenders registered anywhere in the state by either the last name of the sex offender or by the zip code of the area the offender may be living.
To access the database simply go to www.esorn.ag.state.oh.us and at the website click on the sex offender search link which is located in the upper right corner of the page under the Attorney General's name. The next page opens and provides a search box. The search page opens and allows several types of searches as directed by the page. The database is online but the Attorney General’s Office is still working some minor database listing problems out in the next few weeks.
The Hancock County,
Ohio Sheriff's Office assumes no liability for damages,
directly or indirectly, as a result of errors, omissions or possible discrepancies.