Reclassification Updates

Update Reports from Readers About Re-Classifications:

We have created this new page on our blogs where we will post updates from readers who are monitoring whether their re-classifications were updated or not (most recent comments are at bottom of page).

If you have contacted the Ohio AG, your County Sheriff, or other state authorities and have valuable information to share with other readers, send an email to us here.

If you have seen your registration updated (re-classified or removed), let us know, as well:

On-going, updated total number of offenders on ESORN site
(Thanks to Kevin from ARC Talk Radio):
As of 6-06-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 19,361
As of 6-16-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 19,298
As of 6-21-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 19,206
As of 6-28-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,964
As of 7-05-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,723
As of 7-12-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,617
As of 7-21-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,529
As of 7-27-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,442
As of 8-02-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,392
As of 8-12-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,301
As of 8-17-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,290
As of 8-23-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,275
As of 8-30-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,240
As of 9-10-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,182
As of 9-13-2010- Total Number of Offenders: 18,176

We are told by the Ohio Public Defender Office that approximately 2300 individuals are slated to be removed. Keep in mind that people are forced onto this corrupt registry every day, as well. But still, we have seen only about 1000 people removed in three months.
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It is now June 15, and I am still on the registry. My registration should have ended on July 21, 2007 –D. from Licking County.
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Margie Slagle said someone in Clermont county was taken off as well. – Mary
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I have been following your website for months now regarding the AWA, and love your website it keeps me up to date on the latest news with senate bill 10 and the Ohio Supreme Courts decision on June 3,2010. It has helped my husband Ken to keep informed on the latest, because it directly involves him. He was convicted in 2005, and released in 2006 and was put on esorn to register yearly for 10 years then AWA added another 15 years to his regisration requirement, he petitioned his reclass through Butler County Courts within the grace period in 2008, and was ordered a “stay order” by the judge until the Supreme Court’s decision on senate bill 10. Ken heard the news June 3 on your website and was very happy about the decision. We have contacted the Butler County Sheriff office and Deputy Jacobs who handles esorn registration requirements and was told that the AG held a conference with their department to make changes to select registrants, yesterday Ken received a court hearing notice by the Butler County Court office for a reclassification hearing to be held on July 14, 2010. He was told that he did not have to be at the hearing, and that a notice would be sent within 30 days after the hearing on what the judge will be sending to the butler sheriff office to have his esorn changed to his orininal classification. I am not sure this is how every court is handling the reclassification, but in my husbands case it is. His records can be seen online at butler county court record info website for Butler County in ohio. – P. from Butler County.
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It seems to me an offender who has a judicial order in hand and can show they did all their registration in one county should be able to walk into their sheriff’s sex offender dept and have their registration removed or modified. Depends on whether or not that sheriff’s dept has its own database or relies on the AGs database. An interesting thing is that my boyfriend’s picture is different on the AG site than on the Hamilton county site. Has been pretty much all along. Hamilton county modifies the picture after each registration. Somehow that picture is not uploaded to Esorn. – Mary from Hamilton County.
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No, I have not been removed. I was originally due to be done with reporting Jan,2009 and had 5 years added after the AWA. I was informed by my lawyer on the day of the ruling that since it reverts back to the old law that I should be done completely with this. –
Doug from Cincinnati
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I am still improperly listed as a tier 2 offender, my first register was July 2000, I was a level 1, sexual oriented offender, this makes over 10 years I have registered, I should be removed from the list. – Jeff from Columbus
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I’ve checked to see if my classification has been updated on a daily basis & hadn’t seen a change in the registration. My profile is still there. It’s the same on the Clerk of Courts document since the Courts last stated that, my case has been put on hold until the Supreme Courts decision come down to change the docket. – Sonny
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If some people have been removed, I want to know how that happened. Please share what measures were taken, if any, to get you out of the registry. I am almost 1.5 years past my 10 year requirement, and waiting for the Public Defender in my SB10 delayed appeal to get a judicial order, or waiting for the AG to do their job. I believe a writ of mandamus could be filed to order the agencies responsible to remove you, or change your status, to do so. But everyone just seems to want to sit back and “be patient”. Do that, I feel a little like the sheep on its way to slaughter, because I know the conniving nature of the legislature. – Chris
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I am still on the esorn and my county website, nothing has changed. My lawyer suggested I go to the sheriffs office and see if they could speed up the process, I think its a waste of time and sent several emails to the att gen office and the Franklin County Ohio Sheriffs office, no response as of yet.
Posted by jeff
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Hello, I checked the registry & they have taken my name off the registry today, Friday, June 18, 2010. I’ve been calling & checking, so it’s gone. I am interested in know just how “gone” is the registry with regards to city, county, state & federal government? Your answer would be appreciated. Thanks very much to Constitutionalfights.org.
If you are need of support & possibly help. I’m here. Thanks again!!
Posted by Sonny

Sonny, we need to continue to keep the pressure on the AG. I agree with you: just because a name is removed from the registry does not mean it is gone for good. We need to keep the pressure on them until we have letters for documented proof! – CF.org
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I just checked and my name is no longer on the list. I’m curious to know what this means as far as me moving to another state. I recently checked into working and or moving to Indiana from Ohio and was told even though under Indiana law I had no obligation to register I would be in violation of federal AWA laws and nobody has been able to tell me how I can work or live in Indiana without breaking federal laws I even went to the federal prosecutors office. They sent me back to the county sheriff’s office. Who’s only advice was to stay in Ohio. They said possibly I could volunteer and sign a waiver and be on the list in Indiana, but they said (the detectives) they wanted to ask the state attorney told me to call back in a week or two. And now I’m no longer on Ohio’s list so where does that leave me now? Thanks DJ in NWOhio
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I checked the national sex offender database and my name and location is still listed but when you click on it it goes to the esorn list and says not for public record. i have emailed them and ask them to remove my name completely from thier search list. Thank You. Jeffrey from Columbus
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Just wanted to advise that as of this morning (6/23/2010) I have now received a letter from the Ohio AG office stating that my offender registration duties have now expired and I have now have NO duty to register within the state of Ohio. The letter is addressed from Mr Steven Raubenolt, Deputy Superintendent of BCI&I. – Jeff
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I am new to your web site. I wish I had known about it earlier. After much reading, I called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and spoke to Sgt.Julie Stephens the administrator of Montgomery County’s eSORN office. I told her my name and that I was a registered offender that had been reclassified under the Adam Walsh Act. I asked her what the recent court decision meant for my classification responsibilities. I was informed that I should receive a letter from the Attorney General in about two months stating that I would only be required to register once a year as I had previously done. I was also informed that there were no restrictions on where I live as my June 2000 conviction date preceded the 2003 (Megan’s Law?) law that required 1000 feet from a school and the 2007 law that required the same distance from day-care facilities. The eSORN database entry has not been changed as of this writing but I did just call an hour ago. I will keep you updated – Pat
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Montgomery County Sheriff’s office called this morning and informed me that I was required to register by today. I informed him that I was a bit surprised (though I was not) that I still needed to come register seeing as the law has been changed, to which he replied “It hasn’t been changed yet.”

Upon arriving at the office to register, I read the sign that they had posted in the window. I cannot quote it, but it basically was informing people that they were aware of the voiding of the AWA. It went on to say that while they were aware of it, the sheriff’s could not do any re-classifications – that was up to the Attorney General’s office. It also briefly explained how if you were previously a sexually oriented offender, what your new registration duties would be once an individual was reclassified.

Furthermore, when I went to Warren county for the secondary registration (I’m employed there), the person made a point to tell me that I would be receiving a letter from the AG’s office and what my new requirements would be. So while the sheriff’s offices are quite aware the law has been stricken, they are still fully enforcing it. – Jon
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Regarding Franklin County, I checked the eSORN website and I’m no longer on “The List”. In fact a lot of RSO’s in my low rent area are no longer showing on the list. There were about 10 of us, now there’s 4. Please note, I haven’t received any mail from the AG relieving me from registering. – Jay
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I have now been removed from the registry after a very polite letter to the assistant attorney general. My thought is that they have no easy way to sort out those that are to fall off the registry from those that will be required to continue to register under Megan’s Law. This was my only attempt to contact them after first contacting the AG office immediately after the ruling. I believe that this did help hurry my removal, and would recommend simply providing them with the county you were sentenced, when you were sentenced, the case number, the county you are living in now, your current Tier level, and your esorn ID # (found on your registration printout). Be cordial and keep the information clearly presented and you may be helping to speed up your removal. Note that I sent this e-mail about 2 days ago and saw the response today. If this e-mail is posted on constitutionalfights.org, it may create a larger volume of emails going to Mr. Hykes, so it may take longer in your case. I can only speculate that if I had sent repeated e-mails after not getting an immediate response, the delete button may have been pressed and I’d still be waiting. My advice is to send one polite e-mail and wait as patiently as you can. If he starts getting 500 to 1000 e-mails a day, many duplicate, he may just end up setting up a filter to reply with a canned response and let the team reviewing the files get to it when they can. – Tom
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Following Tom’s recommendation I in turn sent a brief letter to Assistant Attorney General Justin Hykes, during the early morning hours on June 29th, and shortly after I went to bed (I work late). When I woke up at around 2:30pm, this very same day, the first thing I did was to check both the County and the State websites and I am no longer finding my name listed on either one.

My letter basically stated that I was recently made aware of State vs Bodyke and that I began looking into it to see how it would affect me. I also pointed out that I had learned that it might take some time to filter through the large database of offenders to figure out who all would be affected, and that another person (Tom) had recommended sending a short email. Base on Tom’s recommendation I supplied the following information in my email:

Name, Case Number , Date Sentenced, County Sentenced, e-SORN ID Number:, Pre-AWA Classification,Post-AWA Classification, Current County of Residence

I am still waiting for my letter from the Attorney General. I would like to thank Tom for his suggestions. Had he not posted them I would probably still be sitting here anxiously checking the websites every couple of hours, day after day. – Another Tom
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FREE AT LAST!!! I received a letter today from the Ohio AG relieving me of my duty to register. I know the fight is not over. Former sex offenders are being oppressed not only in Ohio, but from coast to coast. I encourage all those who have benefited from this most recent battle to stay in the war and help other RSO’s still struggling to lead better lives. – Jay
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I just wanted to let you know that I received my letter from the AG today as Justin Hykes had promised in his e-mail response this time last week. – Thomas
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Your blog has been a wonderful resource for the past 2 1/2 years. Thank you so much for all the information. Who could ever have guessed that this would come out in favor of my family member and all the other registrants whose rights were violated by the Adam Walsh Law of 2007!! I am thrilled as I am sure you are also. Can’t thank you enough. – A family member of a soon to be off the list non-dangerous registrant.
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I was surprised to receive an email response from Justin Hykes this morning telling me that I would be reclassified back to my original court ordered classification and that the sheriff would be notified this afternoon. True to his word, my classification on the ESORN website and the sheriff’s website have been updated. It took persistence, but it definitely paid off. Thank you so much for all your help and information! You have been great!! – Q
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I have been visiting your blog daily for months, especially since the Bodyke decision came down. Thank u for all of your hard work and diligence.

I was a sexually oriented offender in Ohio who was reclassified to tier II. The day of the decision, I was informed by the APA that my post release control was also terminated… At my registration yesterday, I showed the sheriff my termination from APA and they immediately changed my supervision to “released” on the website (something I think could be important in the event of a traffic stop or a visit). I asked about the reclassification and was told that it will be months before I should expect my letter.

I emailed ohleg support with all of the information they need to make the change: name, drc #, esorn #, case #, court name, and date that I was adjudicated SOO by the court from the journal entry. I was very professional, explained that I understood that they were re-classing Predators and Habituals first and politely asked for a time frame that I could expect the SOO’s to be finished.

In the closing paragraph, I explained that i had provided all the information that they would need to re-class me and asked them to expedite my reclassification so I can move back to PA. without the 25 yr registration hanging over my head.

Today, i received an email saying that it was done and I should expect my letter next week and the website has been updated with the reclassification.

It seems that the AG does not mind having the offender do the legwork of finding all the information for them…If an offender has all of the paperwork, I suggest that they wrap it up in a neat little, polite email, send it off and help them do their job.
It took them less than 1 business day. – N.D.
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I just wanted to write you and inform you of my fight in Ohio. I have hired an attorney to help me with this, and here is my story:

I was convected in Aug, 1999 of a sex related charge in FEDERAL court. When I was released pending my sentencing, I was told by the probation / pre-trial that I had to register. I was never charged in state court! and never given a hearing to classify me. My probation office decided that for me. (nice of her). I was classified as an oriented offender (lowest level). Now forward to today. I was about to be removed from the registry (3 months to go) and here comes the Adam Walsh Act. Now I have 5 more years to do. Now that the Supreme Court of Ohio (bless them)
has moved it back to 10 years, I should be off the registry. I can get no answer from anyone is the Sheriff’s office nor from the prosecutors office. I decided to hire a lawyer to fight for me. He is now in the process of fighting to have me removed as I write. I will keep you informed as this turns out. – Scott
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Still waiting for them to update my file they still have me as a tier
3 . When are they going to fix this? I also have people
working on this. –Robert
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It is bittersweet to read your announcement today about closing the blog. It has given me so much hope over the past 2-3 years. But of course the very wonderful part is that (barring any State of OH AG mess-ups) it means the fight is over and those of us affected, registrants as much as close family members, have, at last, won our constitutional rights. Thank you so much! All the best to you. –JMC
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My name is Paul xxxx and I was just returned to my previous classification by Justin Hykes today! I am once again A sexually oriented offender. My question is do you think I could file a lawsuit to remove me completely? I was originally supposed to register once a year until 2013 but since 2008 I’ve registered 3 times a year. My thoughts are I was supposed to register 10 times. I’ve registered 9 times in three years alone. What do you think my chances are? –Paul

Paul,
If you’re asking to sue to remove your felony record, the only way you can do that (as far as we know as non-legal professionals) is this: In Ohio, your first felony can be expunged from your record. You must file for this through the state. It is not guaranteed, but possible.

If you are asking if you can sue because you were forced to register illegally, I do encourage you to do so. We will be posting on this topic soon. The State of Ohio illegally required thousands of people do register illegally and should be sued. –CF.org
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I recently recieved a letter from the OH atty Gen. office telling me that my requirements have expired and that I am no longer required to register as a sex offender in the state of Ohio – GR
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For what it’s worth, I just received a letter from Richard Cordray, Ohio Attorney General indicating that my Sex Offender Registration Re-classification has been rescinded that reverts my registration requirement back to a one-year report requirement as per the original plea bargain agreement. – Glenn
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Got a call from the A.G.s office..I have been reclassed. No letter yet. Thanks, hope more people get helped as I have.!! – Brian
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