Law enforcement brushes up on new sex offender regulations

Published: May. 22, 2014 at 8:51 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - There are new sex offender registration and notification rules concerning schools and school functions.

The state legislature passed the amendments during their last session; now local law enforcement is getting up to speed on the new regulations. The Limestone County Sheriff's Office hosted a Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act training session Thursday.

Updated laws make it clearer in situations when child sex offenders wish to visit a school or go to a school function. Some do have kids who go to school.

The newest amendments make it mandatory that a convicted offender contact the principal of a school if they wish to visit, and they have to report when they arrive. This includes any school function where kids are present – such as sporting events or school plays. Failure to do this is a Class-C felony.

Law enforcement officers from several North Alabama agencies met with prosecutors and federal investigators to learn how to better work together.

"We have a tremendous number of sex offenders in Alabama," said Limestone County District Attorney Brian C.T. Jones. "We're working hard at every agency to monitor them. This training was an opportunity to get together to learn new laws, have some presentations so we can all work together to deal with offenders as they move from county to county."

The Alabama Office of Prosecution Services coordinated the training event, of which more are being done across the state. The group is pushing for a law to limit the number of sex offenders who can live in a motel.

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