Some Registrants May Be Eligible to be Removed from the Registry The prior law provided that a person on the sex offender registry could petition to be removed from the registry.
That process could only be initiated once ten years had elapsed from the completion of the person’s sentence.
Because I believe that it is important for people effected by this legislation to know about it, I have put together a summary. If the offense conduct occurred between June 4, 2003 and June 30, 2006, there are restrictions on the location of the registrant’s residence but not on the registrant’s place of employment.
You should check with your county sheriff and/or your probation or parole officer before changing your behavior. The residence cannot be within 1000 feet of any child care facility, school, public park, private park, recreation facility, playground, skating rink, neighborhood center, gymnasium or similar facilities providing programs or services directed toward persons under age 18.
On May 20, 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law House Bill 571.
The new law will allow for a petition to be made to be relieved of the employment and residence restrictions and from the registration requirement.
If the offense conduct occurred prior to June 4, 2003, the employment and residence restrictions will not apply to the registrant. The place of employment cannot be employed by any child care facility, schoo or church or by or at any business or entity located within 1000 feet of a child care facility, school, or church.
If the offense conduct occurred after June 30, 2008, then there are restrictions on place of residence and employment.
If a registrant has established residence or employment and a facility such as a child care facility, church or school is established or moves within 1000 feet of the registrants residence or employment location, there is a procedure by which the registrant can petition to establish the right to remain at the residence or employment under certain circumstances.
It should be noted that the rules regarding church have been modified.
One example is that some registrants were convicted of sodomy prior to July 1, 2006, where the victim was at least 13 years old but less than 16 years old and the registrant was 18 years old or younger at the time of the offense.