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Ohio providing reverse lookup for sex offender registry

Ohio providing reverse lookup for sex offender registry


POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN UNUSUAL SITUATION THAT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT. BUT FIRST, KEEPING YOUR CHILDREN SAFE, THE NEW SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY FEATURING BETTER WAYS TO KEEP TABS ON WHO YOUR CHILDREN ARE COMMUNICATING WITH. THE IDEA HERE IS TO PUT MORE TOOLS IN THE HANDS OF PARENTS. GOOD EVENING I’M SHEREE PAOLELLO. AND I’M MIKE DARDIS. THE HIGH-TECH CHANGE IS ALREADY AVAILABLE TONIGHT. WLWT NEWS 5 CURTIS FULLER SHOWS YOU HOW IT WORKS IN THIS INVESTIGATION. I SPOKE WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL JUST A SHORT TIME AGO. LET ME JUST SHOW YOU WHAT THIS WEBSITE LOOKS LIKE. THIS IS FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S WEBSITE. IT SAYS PROTECTING OHIO’S FAMILIES. HE SAID THE PREDATORS HAVE GOTTEN CRAFTY AND VERY CREATIVE. HE SAYS HE BELIEVES THIS REVERSE LOOK UP IS A WAY TO FIGHT BACK, AND HE SAYS IT WILL BE WELCOMED BY PARENTS. THE OLDER THEY GET THE MORE TECHNOLOGY IS JUST GOING TO BE A PART OF EVERYTHING THEY DO. THESE ARE THE PARENTS OF A 3-YEAR-OLD AND 4-YEAR-OLD, THEY KNOW THE DANGERS LURKING OUT THERE, AND WELCOME ANY AND ALL SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT THEIR KIDS. THEY ARE NOT REALLY OLD ENOUGH TO GET INTO ANY TROUBLE WITH IT YET BUT IT’S DEFINITELY SOMETHING WE ARE ALREADY THINKING ABOUT. THE OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL IS THINKING ABOUT IT TOO, AND HE HAS ADDED A NEW FEATURE ON THE ELECTRONIC SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION NOTIFY INDICATION DATABASE. THE DAY AND AGE WE LIVE IN, WE TELL OUR KIDS DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS, REPORT IF SOMEBODY COMES UP AND TRIES TO TALK WITH YOU, BUT THE REALITY THAT I SEE EVERY DAY FROM THE VANTAGE POINT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IS WE HAVE STRANGER INVADING OUR HOMES ALL THE TIME THROUGH THE INTERNET? THE FEW FEATURE ALLOWS ANYONE TO PUT PHONE NUMBERS, EMAIL ADDRESSES AND SOCIAL MEDIA SCREEN NAMES AND VIDEO GAME HANDLES INTO A DATABASE TO DETERMINE IF THEY BELONG TO A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER HERE IN OHIO. WHAT PREVENTS A PREDATOR FROM USING SOME I.D. THAT NO ONE STILL KNOWS? IT CERTAINLY IS POSSIBLE THAT THE PREDATOR WILL DO THAT. IT CERTAINLY IS POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE TO GIVE FALSE INFORMATION. IT’S LIKE ANY OTHER DATABASE, IT’S ONLY AS GOOD AS THE INFORMATION THAT GOES IN IT. BUT WE BELIEVE FROM THE EXPERIENCE IN OTHER STATES THAT THIS CAN BE A VERY VALUABLE TOOL. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL EVEN ADMITS THAT THE PREDATOR CAN GET CRAFTY, BUT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO REGISTER INFORMATION WITH AUTHORITIES. NOW SOME OF THAT INFORMATION IS NOT PUBLIC, AND THAT’S WHY THIS WEBSITE IS SO KEY, BECAUSE NOW WHEN YOU PUT IN THAT PHONE NUMBER, OR THAT EMAIL ADDRESS, IT WILL ACTUALLY SEND SOME KIND OF ALERT TO YOU TELLING YOU THAT THAT INDIVIDUAL IS A SEX OFFENDER. REPORTING LIVE I’M CURTIS FULLER, WLWT NEWS 5. ACCORDING TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE THERE ARE NEARLY 18,000 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN THE STATE OF OHIO ALONE. OHIO NOW ONE OF ONLY EIGHT STATES OFFERING THE NEW REVERSE LOOK UP FEATURES BUT OFFICIALS SAY DON’T BE FOOLED IN RELYING

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