Wednesday, May 01, 2002
Ky. keeps tabs on molesters
By Mark R. Chellgren
The Associated Press
FRANKFORT The Kentucky State Police began a program Tuesday to notify people when a convicted sex offender moves into their area.
People will still have to do some of their own research. But Kentucky State Police Deputy Commissioner Linda Mayberry said the new system provides a warning to families, schools, child-care facilities and others.
To take advantage of the system, a person must call an automated toll-free telephone number and provide a telephone number for notification and up to three ZIP codes. The ZIP codes will be the triggering device for notice if an offender moves into the area.
Convicted sex offenders are required to report their whereabouts periodically. Those identified as the most dangerous must report their addresses every 90 days for the rest of their lives. Others have to register for 10 years and have their addresses verified annually. Any change of address must also be reported.
When an offender moves into an area, anyone who requested notification for that ZIP code will receive an automated telephone call directing them to the state police sex-offender registry Web site.
The system will call from 5-9 p.m. on the day the new address is entered and then from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. the following day. The system can leave a message on an answering machine.
Public libraries have personal computers with access to the Web site.
State Police Lt. Brad Bates said about 700 sex offenders in Kentucky now are subject to lifetime reporting and another 2,100 are subject to 10-year reporting.
Anyone who registers will be notified of offenders who move into the designated ZIP code. Notice will not be given for offenders who already live in the area, but they can also be found on the Web site.
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