Indiana Sex Offender Registries are Muddied

February 8, 2010

News25/ABC (Indiana): 2008 ruling muddies Ind. sex offender registries.

Fort Wayne, Ind. (AP) – An Indiana Supreme Court ruling is throwing counties into turmoil as they try to decide who should be on their sex offender registries. The court ruled in 2008 that Richard P. Wallace no longer had to register as a state sex offender because his crime occurred in 1989, and the registry wasn’t created until 1994.

The Department of Correction says the ruling applies only to Wallace and that those who want off the list should get a court order. But several counties say it applies to everyone and have begun purging their local registries of offenders who don’t fall within the reporting guidelines.

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