Indiana Sex Offender Law is generally called the Zachary’s Law in the state. Zachery’s Law makes sure that sex offenders in the state register with the local enforcement agency within Indiana. The law is in honor of a 10-year-old Indianan boy, Zachary Snider. Zachery died in 1993, killed by a convicted sex offender living next to his family.
The law ensures that the people of Indiana are aware of offenders living in their community. The State modified the Zachary Law in 2006 and changed to the Indiana Sex Offender Law.
According to the new law, there are 4 types’ offenders:
Offenders against Children
Sexual Violent Predators
Sex offenders in the state either register for 10 years or a lifetime. Sexual Violent predators register for life. Offenders convicted for a sex offense against a victim under the age of 12 must register for life if the crime occurred after July 1, 2001. Other offenders not described above must register according to the State law.
Registration must occur on the day the offender gets out of jail.
Sex offenders in Indiana must notify the local sheriff of any changes on their registered information. Changes in data like the address, school, or place of employment for an offender must occur within 3 days.
The Indiana Sex Offender Registry is in charge of recording and updating information on sex offenders living in the state.
The registry maintains the information of sex offenders living, working or schooling in Indiana. They ensure this information is accurate and available to the public through the internet.
Rape - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-1 (West 2008).
Criminal deviate conduct - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-2 (West 2008).
Child molesting - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-3 (West 2008).
Child exploitation - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-4(b) (West 2008).
Vicarious sexual gratification - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-5 (West 2008).
Child solicitation - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-6 (West 2008).
Child seduction - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-7 (West 2008).
Sexual misconduct with a minor as a Class A, Class B, or Class C felony - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-9(West 2008).
Incest - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-46-1-3 (West 2008).
Sexual battery - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-8 (West 2008).
Kidnapping (if the victim is less than 18 years of age) - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-3-2 (West 2008).
Criminal confinement (if the victim is less than 18 years of age) - IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-3-3 (West 2008).
Possession of child pornography (if the person has a prior unrelated conviction for possession of child pornography) • IND. CODE ANN. § 35-42-4-4 (West 2008).
Attempt or conspiracy to commit a crime listed above.
A crime under the laws of another jurisdiction, including a military court that is substantially equivalent to any of the offenses listed.
IC § 11-8-8-8 (West 2008)
Sec. 8. (a) The registration required under this chapter must include the following information:
(1) The sex or violent offender's full name, alias, any name by which the sex or violent offender was previously known, date of birth, sex, race, height, weight, hair color, eye color, any scars, marks, or tattoos, Social Security number, driver's license number or state identification card number, vehicle description and vehicle plate number for any vehicle the sex or violent offender owns or operates on a regular basis, principal residence address, other address where the sex or violent offender spends more than seven (7) nights in a fourteen (14) day period, and mailing address, if different from the sex or violent offender's principal residence address.
(2) A description of the offense for which the sex or violent offender was convicted, the date of conviction, the county of the conviction, the cause number of the conviction, and the sentence imposed, if applicable.
(3) If the person is required to register under section 7(a)(2) or 7(a)(3) of this chapter, the name and address of each of the sex or violent offender's employers in Indiana, the name and address of each campus or location where the sex or violent offender is enrolled in school in Indiana, and the address where the sex or violent offender stays or intends to stay while in Indiana.
(4) A recent photograph of the sex or violent offender.
(5) If the sex or violent offender is a sexually violent predator, that the sex or violent offender is a sexually violent predator.
(6) If the sex or violent offender is required to register for life, that the sex or violent offender is required to register for life.
(7) Any electronic mail address, instant messaging username, electronic chat room username, or social networking web site username that the sex or violent offender uses or intends to use.
(8) Any other information required by the department.
Community Notification and Websites
IC § 11-8-8-7 (West 2008)
The local law enforcement authority with whom a sex offender registers under this section shall make and publish a photograph of the sex offender on the Indiana sex offender registry web site.
The local law enforcement authority shall make a photograph of the sex offender at least once per year.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
IC § 11-8-8-19 (West 2008)
(a): 10 years for sex offenders not subject to lifetime registration.
(b): Life for sexually violent predators.
(c): Life for persons over the age of 18 who committed a sex offense against a victim less than 12 years of age.
(d): Life for sex offenders who caused serious bodily injury or death, used force or threat of force or rendered the victim unconscious or otherwise unable to give voluntary consent.
(e): Life for offenders convicted of 2 or more unrelated sex offenses.
Within 7 days of arriving at the intended residence; 7 days of changing the address
Class A misdemeanor; Class D felony if the offender has a prior unrelated offense
Most people think sexual predators are scary-looking and creepy. But three out of four adolescents who were sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well.
Most of the time, sexual predators look like regular people. Children and parents need to know and to understand that anyone can be a sexual predator, no matter how "normal" they appear.
It isn't always easy to build a trusting relationship with your child. Trying to get your children to share what is going on in their lives can be difficult.
Building an open and welcoming environment from the beginning stages of a child's life is essential. Children are less intimidated and more likely to discuss issues and topics in their lives with an open and supportive environment.
Getting your kids to share serves as a building block for times when your child needs to discuss pressing issues like sex and sexual abuse.
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