Sex Offender Registration and Notification
A sex offender is a person who has been convicted of, or plead guilty to, adjudicated delinquent by reason of committing an offense which is either inherently sexual, or which involved a sexual motivation. In 1994 the Federal Crime Act contained a provision called “The Jacob Wetterling Act,” which required all states to pass a sex offender registration and notification law.
Ohio’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification law (S.O.R.N.), is designed to provide the public with adequate notice and information about those convicted sex offenders that have returned to the community. Most recently in 2007, the Ohio State Legislature passed Senate Bill 10, which implemented the Adam Walsh Child Protection Safety Act of 2006, a federal law which requires the classification of sex offenders into three tiers based on the severity of the offense. These offenders must register their home, school, and work addresses, report any changes in addresses, and periodically verify addresses with the sheriff in each respective county. Failure to comply with registration duties is a criminal offense.
As of January 2011 there are 121 sex offenders that reside in Belmont County. Through e.S.O.R.N., the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office monitors these offenders and shares information with the community to make it a safer place. If you have any questions or concerns about sex offenders, please contact Sgt. James Zusack at 740-695-7933 ext. 134.