Ohio's new sex offender classification laws
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sex offenders across the state are vowing to fight the changes to the new laws.
Sex offenders across the state are vowing to fight the changes to the new sex offender classification laws. A local sex offender says the new law is an extra punishment. The 53-year-old sex offender is fighting the state's new sex offender registration requirements.
In 1999, the Seneca County man was convicted of gross sexual imposition. He touched an underage girl, but he says he regrets violating his victim, a crime he says he has done time for.
Ohio's new sex offender registry requires the offender to now register for 25 years instead of 10 years.
Prosecutors say the new law will help protect the community.
Attorney Richard Kahler represents the sex offender in our story. He says people across the state are challenging the new law just like his client.
Judge Michael Kelbley says as he hears the cases, he plans to talk to judges in Lucas County to see how they are handling them.
According to investigators, research shows most convicted sex offenders commit many assaults before they are caught. Many offenders have no official criminal record or sex crime history.
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