Convicts guilty of sexual offenses since 1940 must sign up for the state’s sexual offender registry beginning Aug. 1 under a new state law, a sheriff’s detective said.
The new law requires people convicted in military tribunals or court martials on sexual offenses to register, said Detective Mickey McCullough who handles the sex offender’s registry for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Also, people who work in Tennessee but live in another state must register.
“All persons convicted of a sex crime are required to give DNA for a state and national database,” McCullough said.
Offenders must register in their jurisdiction. For example, a Rutherford County resident who lives outside a city must report to McCullough by calling 615-898-7903. Murfreesboro residents must register with Murfreesboro Detective Mike Robinson at 615-849-2640.
Information about the sexual offenders will become public record, including addresses, photographs, date of birth and the convictions.
Residents may check on registered sex offenders in their neighborhood at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation website, www.tbi.state.tn.us.
The familywatchdog.us website will allow users to use a map and type in their address. The screen will display houses where sex offenders live. Clicking on the house will show the offender’s photograph name, address and conviction.
Citizens may contact McCullough if they suspect a sexual offender is not complying with the new law by registering.