Sex Offender Law Changes Leave Police Scrambling

New laws concerning sex offenders go into effect July 1, and law enforcement officials are scrambling to learn about all of the nuances of the new laws.

Officers from all over Indiana have been training on new, more strict registration requirements, 6News' Tanya Spencer reported.

"I think the major change is the fact that the violent predators are going to be on parole for life, which restricts where they live for the rest of their life," said Mike Enslinger, executive director of the Indiana Sheriff's Association.

Under previous law, non-violent sex offenders were only required to register for 10 years.

The new law also requires GPS monitoring for anyone who commits a violent sexual act after the law takes effect.

"We have added responsibilities, but now we know what we need to keep track of and how we need to do that," said Kay Morrison of the Clinton County Sheriff's Department.

More sex offender law changes could be in the works. Illinois is considering a separate registry for violent offenders who have not committed a sexual offense against a minor. Right now, Illinois treats offenders the same way Indiana does. They are grouped into the same registry and face the same residency restrictions.

Even though an offender's crimes are listed on the registry, many think separating violent criminals from sex offenders would benefit the public.

Enslinger said the Indiana Legislature has talked about delineating the two criminal databases.

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