Geauga County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chuck Negron watched with great interest last month as the first news reports broke about multiple bodies found at the Cleveland home of registered sex offender Anthony Sowell. Negron is the officer in charge of monitoring registered sex offenders in Geauga County. To be honest, it didn't happen," Negron said. Harvey had an experience similar to the one reported by Negron. Advertisement "Our office wasn't flooded by calls, either," Harvey said of the days immediately following revelations of the ghastly finds in Cleveland.
In the weeks since then, investigators have recovered the remains of 11 women in Sowell's home and yard. The year-old Sowell has been charged so far with five counts of aggravated murder. He also was indicted last week on one count of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and two count of felonious assault in the Sept.
Negron and Harvey said they've had no such horrific dealings with registered sex offenders in their jurisdictions. We haven't had a major problem," Negron said. The body of Ohio law relating to individuals convicted of sex crimes has been evolving for 15 years. Lake County Sheriff Daniel A.
Dunlap said Ohio has been at the forefront of states in registering sex offenders since the mids. In July , with the passage and implementation of Senate Bill 10, Ohio became the first state to come into substantial compliance with the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of An important provision of S. They are prohibited from establishing a residence within 1, feet of a preschool, school or day-care center.
Ohio law also establishes three classifications for registered sexual offenders. Tier III offenders must do in-person registrations every 90 days for the rest of their lives at the sheriff's office in their home county. The law requires that whenever a Tier III offender establishes a new residence, the sheriff's office in the home county provide written notification by mail to all residents living within one mile of the Tier III offender.
We enforce that law to a 'T,' "Negron said. Sowell served a year prison sentence after being convicted of rape in He technically was in compliance with Ohio laws for registering as a sexual offender. The eSORN list is linked to 88 sheriff's offices and 32 correctional facility records offices of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
Dunlap has concerns about steady growth in the number of Ohio's registered sexual offenders and the cost to sheriff's offices in maintaining oversight of those offenders.
The legislature is good at writing law, but not always so good at making room in the budget to pay for enforcement.