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Out-of-state move did not relieve sex offender from updating address

November 6, 2015

The Indiana Court of Appeals rejected a man’s claim that because he had moved out of state when law enforcement officials performed a random check of his home address, he was no longer required to register as a sex offender in Indiana.

Timothy Moore was convicted of child molesting in 2007 and required to register as a sex offender. He did so in Hamilton County where he lived, but on March 11, 2014, he moved to Kentucky and did not notify the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. A random check by the sheriff’s department the next day led to the discovery that Moore’s mobile home was gone.

He was charged with and convicted of Class D felony failure to register as a sex offender, but Moore maintains he was no longer a resident of Indiana when the sheriff’s department checked on his home and he was no longer required to register here.

“Moore’s obligation to comply with Indiana’s sex offender registry statutes did not cease because he moved out of state. Indeed, Moore was required to notify the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department of his move to Kentucky within seventy-two hours of the move,” Judge Edward Najam wrote. “The State presented sufficient evidence to prove that Moore failed to register as a sex offender pursuant to Indiana Code Section 11-8-8-17(a)(5), as charged.”

The case is Timothy W. Moore v. State of Indiana, 29A02-1507-CR-866.

 

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