Stricter Rules For Sex Offenders

Stricter new rules governing sex offenders are taking effect in North Carolina.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the rules taking effect Monday triple the time from 10 to 30 years that an offender must remain on a state registry. Offenders also are required to register in person with the local sheriff within three days of changing addresses.

Offenders also are required to stay at least 300 feet away from a place where children gather, like day care centers and schools. One offender said his sheriff said he couldn't go to church because there was a nursery in the building.

The new rules were approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley this year.

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  • by tom Location: j-actionville on Dec 3, 2008 at 06:39 AM
    to kim who thinks it is wrong.Look your are kinda wright about people being wrongfully acussed, but they should think about who they hang out with and not put their self in that spot.I think you have it wrong 95% is probaly guilty and 5% is notbut i know your just angry b/c it happend to a freind,or family member that has been charged with the crime and think their not guilty, but truthfully how does anyone know the truth anyways there is 3 sides to every story the victim,suspect,and the truth and no one ever knows the trurth but god him self.I think the offenders deserve everything they get done to them. WATCH WHO YOU ASSCIATE WITH AND KEEP YOU NOSE CLEAN,AND IF YOU FIND YOUR SELF ATTRACTED TO A YOUNGER PERSON PLEASE MAKE SURE THEIR AT LEAST 18 THAT AINT SO HARD.and to all the angry parents whos kids has done something wrong like this and is mad about it your fought you should know the people your kids date and hang around.
  • by mom Location: nc on Dec 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM
    I think it should be a LIFELONG registry. The victims have to live with what happened to them for the rest of their lives
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Dec 2, 2008 at 03:16 AM
    the registry is very flawed in that it only has offenders who offended b4 1996 or so. Many people get a false sense of safety because of who is not on it. Rest ( un) assured there are probably people ij your church , school, hospital, etc that are convicted molesters, not to mention the many , many who havent been caught or plead to lesser charge. As parents we must be vigilant. As responsible citizens let your neighbors know about offenders in your area, whether on the registry or not, and let the offender know that you know .It is a little messed up that some are on registry for being 18 and having sex with slightly younger agreeing partner, but hey date someone your own age , not a child . My job puts me in contact with dozens of offenders and many do reoffend, not all get caught. If as someone stated lawyers wont help get offenders names off the registry when times up, then good, it means maybe lawyers do have standards. To offenders: shut up and die or something
  • by MADDOG Location: GREEVILLE on Dec 1, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I agree with KIT.They said after 10 years you can go back to trial and have your name removed.But that is not true.WHY? Because you can not get a lawyer to take that kind of case.So these people are hung out to dry and their whole life is messed up.
  • by b Location: kinston on Dec 1, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    editors edited the details, don't know why cause the story I was posting was featured for days on witntv last june 07, but maybe they will let this in if I dont name names. TAXPAYERS: YOUR MONEY PAYS A CONVICTED FELON ADMITTED CHILD MOLESTER who ia a doctor for the state of nc. The info is available on he is not on the registry cause he molested in 1996 b4 there was a registry. Some have lost their jobs for being on registry when they had consentual sex with someone a couple years younger not that I condone that, but this guy and others are in high paying tax payer funded jobs after molesting little girls. If you agree that tax payers shouldnt pay child molesters , in this case 188,000/ year let your legislators know. To the editors, your own station ran this story for a week 18 months ago , why boot me for referencing it in a relevant blog now?
  • by ME Location: USA on Dec 1, 2008 at 04:10 PM
    Look I am on here because I want each and everyone one you to Know something.I was accused of this ugly mess in 19-- and I hire a layer.Big mistake,,,He gave me a line of Bull and told me this and that and did not do his job.Well not knowing the Law ,I listened to him.People ,I don't care what you all think of me.I will tell you this,People who really know me will tell you I AM NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON.I did 4 years in prison for something I did not do.I lost my wife because she could not take the pressure,My HOME,everything.After I got out and when to work,,I worked the same job for 7 years and then the rules changed and I lost that.I have been on the registry for 11 years and have not Broke any LAWs . I have never hurt anyone,even the one that started this mess,when to the LAW and told them she lied.To Late. Now you People going to tell me that I should stay on there for 30 years. I gave my life and Blood for something I did not do .. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT?
  • by b Location: kinston on Dec 1, 2008 at 01:21 PM
    While each case should be looked at individually and yes there probably are some on there that had a one time experience with someone a few years younger and got burned, they still broke laws. We should lock up people who want to have sex with kids forever and soon maybe the dna gene would die out and we'd have alot fewer of them. Just because they dont get rearrested doesnt mean they dont reoffend ( how many of you get caught everytime you speed?)FYI FOR TAX PAYERS:Dr Robert C Owens is paid 188,000 per year by you the nc tax payer and is a admitted convicted child molesting felon. He did it in 1995 beofre the registry came into law so is not on it. Friends of his in high places at Cherry hospital tried to play dumb and he worked there for years( they do have a childrens ward with young girls his victim of choice) until it came out then they all tried to deny it but he was later moved to Maury prison. If you fill as many do that we shouldnt have molesters on payroll call your legislatr
  • by Sarah Location: Fayetteville, NC on Dec 1, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    Good! These offenders should think about the consequences of their actions before they act. To me, I don't care if the person did the offense 20 yrs ago, I still would not want them near my kids. Ya never know if those feelings will come back into their minds.
  • by Kit on Dec 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM
    Mary: I agree that that man should be on the registry. I guess my point is the registry is a very broken system that is way too broad that for the most part is comprised of innocent's(I mean this in a broad sense of kids that never should have been put up there and innocent people). Basically the people that should be punished so harshly are not the ones being punished that harshly. I also mean that people have gotten to the point where any case no matter whether it is true or not has been deemed true. And most the people in these predicaments are not told all their choices because of all the pressure put on lawyers and judges. Yes Children should never have to go through something like that. But innocent people shouldn't have to go through it either.
  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Dec 1, 2008 at 08:54 AM
    Kit, I do understand your point. There are a lot of people convicted of a crime that DNA is now proving they are not guilty. However, sex offenders do not normally stop with one child. Children that are abused have their lives ruined forever (it is ALWAYS with them). This I know as a fact. I would love to see the man that molested me on the registry, rather than on the Board of Deacons of his church.
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