Parents in Miami County became concerned this week after learning a volunteer crosswalk guard for Bradford Schools had been found guilty of rape when he was a juvenile in 2010.
The man didn’t do anything to cause concern-parents just didn’t like that Ohio law doesn’t require public notification of all juvenile sex offenders on an online public sex offender registry. In Ohio, only adult sex offenders appear in the online registry created by the Ohio Attorney General’s office. The most serious juvenile sex offenders may require public notification, but none appear in the online registry.
The group of Bradford parents want to see the law changed.
This week, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Bradford High School officials after they were informed of the issue and the district asked that the man be trespassed from school property, according to a sheriff’s office report. Again, the man is facing no criminal charges as he did not violate any law.
Deputies indicated the district was made aware of the man’s previous conviction after “the school was advised by several parents that [the man] was a sex offender and should not be allowed on school property,” the report said.
In July 2005, there were 351 registered juvenile sex offenders in the state, and while they are not required to be listed on the sex offender website, you can obtain a list of all of your counties’ sex offenders, including juveniles, by going in person to your local sheriff’s office. Ohio law does allow judges to require some of the most serious and repeat juvenile sex offenders over the age of 14 to take part in public notification. Youth under the age of 14 at the time of their offense are not eligible for juvenile offender registration.
For more in depth information on Ohio’s law regarding juvenile sex offenders, click here.
We are working to bring you more information on this story and how you can be aware of juvenile sex offenders in your community and we’ll have the story Wednesday on News Center 7 beginning at 5.
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