Sex Registry Lawsuit Filed By Watchdog


A lawsuit has been filed by a legal watchdog group over new regulations relating to a public sex registry. The class action lawsuit related to new requirements that stipulate that thousands of sec offender have to register their names onto the registry for longer than they were originally told, which the lawsuit claims is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit aims to stop the new requirements, and was filed in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court by the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. The requirement to register sex offender names for a longer period than was originally required is part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act.

As part of the law around one third of the sex offenders in Ohio now have to register their names on to the sex offenders register for longer than was originally required. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all sex offenders in Hamilton County.

“The law makes no sense,” said Margie Slagle, Ohio Justice and Policy Center staff attorney. “Labeling thousands as ‘worst of the worst’ offenders dilutes the registry and renders it meaningless to inform the public of the most dangerous sex offenders.”


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