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Pence signs into law changes to sex offender registry

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Changes are coming to Indiana’s sex offender registry, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence Thursday.

HEA 1053 requires the Indiana Department of Correction to remove information from the online public portal of the sex offender registry relating to a sex or violent offender who no longer is required to register or is deceased. The new law also adds the vehicle identification number of the vehicle owned or regularly operated by the offender to the information he or she is required to provide for sex offender registration. Driver’s licenses or ID cards must contain the offender’s current address and physical description.

Among other things, the law also merges the offense of criminal deviate conduct into the crime of rape and repeals the criminal deviate conduct statute, effective July 1, 2014.

The introduced version of the bill was prepared by the Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee.

Pence also signed HEA 1159, which limits the liability of a public school or an accredited nonpublic school that provides community-use physical fitness activities to the general public.

The governor still has dozens of enrolled acts before him with a signing or veto deadline of Saturday, including HEA 1393 on judicial technology and automation and HEA 1320 on workers’ compensation.

 

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  • Second chance
    I'm currently seeing someone who has a charge of child pornography possession, he didn't know he had it because it was attached to a music video file he downloaded when he was 19/20 yrs old and fought it for years until he couldn't handle it and plead guilty of possession. He's been convicted in Illinois and now lives in Indiana. Wouldn't it be better to give them a chance to prove to the community and their families that they pose no threat? He's so young and now because he was being a kid and downloaded music at a younger age, he has to pay for it the rest of his life? It's unfair, he can't live a normal life, and has to live in fear of what people can say and do to him because of something that happened 10 years ago? No one deserves that, and no one deserves to be labeled for one mistake, he got labeled even though there was no intent to obtain and use the said content. It makes me so sad to see someone I love go through this and it makes me holds me back a lot because I don't know how people around me will accept him...second chances should be given to those under the age of 21 at least so they can be given a chance to live a normal life as a productive member of society.
  • want to move from texas
    im 27 and was charged and sent to prison for 4 years in texas served my time for a indececy to a child she was 14 and she saw me naked now i have to register for a lifetime here and i heard that for people moving from another state to indiana would only have to register for a certain amount of time and the they would be done. My charge is 8 years old and im not a bad guy just made bad choises and now i have to live with them my girlfriend lives in indiana and i want to move there to be with her but i dont want this registration thing to get in my way. JUST A WARNING DONT MOVE TO TEXAS IF YOU HAVE A SEX CASE THEY WILL HANG YOU!!!!
  • Leaving Illinois due to similar situations
    I currently live just across the state line in Illinois and am going through some of the same situations over here. I have been in many relationships since getting my offense in 2003 which have ended due to my charge. In Illinois, they classify ALL sex offenders in the same category. Most, if not all, of my relationships have ended and I have lost my rights to my children because of all this. I am right now trying to find out the laws regarding a sex offender living with kids in many states. I am not a violent person. My case in Indiana would be classified as a Class D felony. I just want to live in peace with my family and my loved ones without all the bull I deal with in Illinois. So if you're looking for a place to live in peace with a loved one or other family, ILLINOIS IS NOT IT!!!!! Avoid Illinois at all costs!!! Hopefully this helps prevent others from going through what I'm going through. So if someone can give me some insight on where i can live with my family and any future kids my fiance and I decide to have (if any), please don't hesitate to let me know.
  • Same situation
    If you don't mind me asking what state did you move your family to, my family is going through the same situation.
  • From An Ex-Sex Offender
    Charged with Child Exploitation-Dismissed by the Judge, Listed on my Arrest record as Guilty, cause a woman pen pal traced her breast for me whom over the age of 18 in 11 years ago, now in her 40 years. I am 57. That's Indiana justice. I have never photographed any woman sexually.
  • mark up
    People who molest children, and that includes pubescent minors, but the perverts who do that, should be thankful for the mercy of the sex offender registry. There are other just punishments which could be meted out to them which would "mark them for life" in a far more definite manner.
  • Shower Needed
    A "passionate choice"? Sexual Misconduct with a Minor only applies to 14 and 15 year old children. Calling a 15 year old an "older teenager" is like calling a 2009 Taurus a "new car". Sure, you are only fudging by a couple of years - but those years make a difference.
  • Non violent sex offenders doomed to fail
    According to Indiana laws dumping men who have consensual sex with an older teen with rapist and violent offenders dooms them to fail. They are forced to live in substandard neighborhoods with questionable people and are considered dangerous when seeking employment in the job market. One passionate choice marks them for life even if they only have to register for 10 years, plus they are harassed by the local law officials.
    • get a lawyer dude
      GET A LAWYER AND DONT POST DETAILS ABOUT YOUR CASE ONLINE!
    • were to live
      hi im going to soon be a sex offender the cops came raided my house on a gun charge ott my computer and on one file of a EX girl friend that was 15 when i took it and now is over 18 i was charge with child porn i didnt know i still had the pic but while i was in jail my 1st court date i was handed a new charge of the child porn now idk what to do i have just about beating everything else but tho my drop other charge on violating my rights they will not drop this and idk what im going to do from know on there saying i will be a level one but idk were i could live still to have a life and not be run out of town i already be run out of my home town of almost 20 yrs and i have not even been chared yet
      • Forced to leave Indiana
        I think Indiana is one of the worst states because of how they treat sex offenders. I am a married man with four children and my job was constantly harassed due to people looking at their neighborhood on the registry and they could see that I worked nearby in a factory. The HR department head employee personally told me people were calling. My question is just why does someone need to know where I work other than the police? All that did was open me for harassment. I eventually received a Bachelors degree and it was hard to get a job for the fact the businesses knew I would appear on a map above their building. In the end I moved my family to another state where they dont put your face or mention where you work and I went from having to report every 3 months to just once a year. Even the police here said it was stupid to show where I worked because the business could face harassment and that I still had to work to feed my family regardless of being on the registry. In the end, I am glad I left Indiana and will never return to that extremely hateful state.
        • Larger picture
          Wouldn't it be beneficial to change the laws to give those that are not a "threat" to society a chance to rebuild their lives. Se offenders should be classified under the severity of their crime, not pooled together. To classify these individuals, it would give hope to making a difference and becoming a "normal" person in the community. To label all of them the same, gives a negative effect on everything they do. Since laws are beginning to change, why not consider the ones that would make a real difference in the lives of many.

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