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New sex offender registration law in effect PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican

Following the passage of LB 285 in last year’s legislative session, new requirements for the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act went into effect in January, 2010.     
The law also changed the registration duration period for sex offenders.
Under the old law, offenders had to register for 10 years or life. The new law changes the registration duration period to 15 years, 25 years or life.
Effective Jan. 1, 2010, the changes will apply to all sex offenders currently registered and those who were previously registered.
The determination of the number of years required to register is as follows:
• 15 years—if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 not punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (i.e. primarily misdemeanor offenses);
• 25 years—if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (i.e. primarily non-aggravated felony offenses including attempt/conspiracy);
• Life—if the sex offender was convicted of a registrable offense under section 29-4003 punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and was convicted of an aggravated offense or had a prior sex offense conviction or has been determined to be a lifetime registrant in another state, territory, commonwealth, or other jurisdiction of the United States, by the United States Government, by court-martial or other military tribunal, or by a foreign jurisdiction. (i.e. primarily aggravated felony offenses such as force/drugged victim/disabled victim/victim less than 13 years old, including attempt/conspiracy; felony or misdemeanor repeat offenders).
New reporting requirements
The change in the law also created new reporting requirements.
After a change of address, all offenders are required to register within three days at a Nebraska State Patrol location or designated law enforcement agency with AFIS (automated fingerprint systems) or prior to release from incarceration (local or state).
In addition to the current registration data collected, the required information will also include:
1.    All addresses that he or she lives or frequents.
2.    All employment locations.
3.    All school information.
4.    Travel and immigration documents.
5.    Professional licenses or certificates.
6.    Remote communication device identifiers/addresses.
7.    Email addresses, chat room ID, etc.
8.    Signed consent form to search (if Nos. 6 or 7 is provided).
9.    DNA sample.
10.    Palm prints in addition to fingerprints.
All registration changes must take place in person at the sheriff’s offices and the offender must report any change in residence/temporary residence, employment or school on an approved form (NSP792).
Anyone required to register is required to report each email address, instant messaging address and any other Internet communication identifiers they use (i.e. names used in chat rooms, Facebook, MySpace).
Any changes must be submitted within 24 hours.  Providing false information or failing to report a change within 24 hours may constitute a felony offense.  
All offenders posted
Chase County Sheriff Tim Suthlerand said all registered sex offenders will be posted on the state patrol’s website, .
He said the classification or “risk levels” will no longer be used and all registered sex offenders will be categorized by registration duration.  
Current registered sex offenders
Sutherland said there are currently five sex offenders registered in Chase County.
They include:
Wright, Kenneth Lee; DOB: 04-11-1967;Registration Duration: Lifetime; Address: 420 2nd St., Champion, Chase County, NE  69023.
Hogsett, Lonnie Eugene; DOB: 07-31-1967; Registration Duration: 15 Years; Address: 3381 Rd. 733, Enders, Chase County, NE  69027.
Gleason, April Dawn; DOB: 04-09-1985; Registration Duration: Lifetime; Address: 704 Broadway Apt. 2, Imperial, Chase County, NE  69033.
Smith, Scott Geronimo George; DOB: 02-21-1979; Registration Duration: 25 Years; Address: 226 S. Arikaree, Wauneta, Chase County, NE  69045.
Horton, Robert Lee; DOB: 03-19-1967; Registration Duration: Lifetime; Address: 166 S. Arapahoe, PO Box 61, Wauneta, Chase County, NE  69045.
This information may also be found on the state patrol’s sex offender web site.
Sutherland reminded people that sex offender registry information shall not be used to retaliate against the registrants, their families or their employers in any way.  Vandalism, verbal or written threats of harm are illegal and will result in arrest and prosecution.


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