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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.
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Members Opinions:
July 20, 2007 at 12:00am
now if we can get each ISP to turn in the names of those who visit the sites online that even remotely suggest someone is just barely legal and let law enforcement figure it out, then we'd have a couple more teeth in this law. a stretch? probably, but would be nice to see happen.
July 21, 2007 at 12:00am
What if they choose not to register in their jurisdiction? Then are they just out there with us not knowing who or where they are?
July 22, 2007 at 12:00am
KeptMan: Why don't we just institute a big brother state? How about you willingly give up MORE of your liberties? This law is a ridiculous invasion of privacy. Since 1940? I mean honestly! Is an eighty year old man really that much of a threat?? Come on people. Fight the police state America is becoming. Get out of my home with your stupid morals!!
July 22, 2007 at 12:00am
Boi- Your response really speaks loudly of your character! You think molesting a child is a liberty? You would worry more about invading their privacy than you do the children they target? You think eighty year old men can't molest children? What planet are you on so the rest of us and our children can stay away from it.
July 22, 2007 at 12:00am
Keptman- You're right! Anything we can do to protect people, especially children, from these preditors needs to be done, but you're right, it want happen. After all, we have to protect the preditors rights. The victim's rights go down the toilet once they get to court.
July 22, 2007 at 12:00am
Boi & Boo....Both of you assume it would be an 80 year old man who is dangerous! What if it is...in fact, an 80 year old WOMAN who is doing the molesting of our children? I think both of you are guilty of stereotyping!
July 22, 2007 at 12:00am
Male60- So sorry, I responded about a man because his question was about a man. I absolutely know that women do this vile act, also. In no way did I mean to imply that it was only men! I apologize to you and all other good men out there who might have been offended, including my husband!!
July 23, 2007 at 12:00am
boi, sorry you feel that way. do you have kids of your own? i think you'd feel differently if someone messed with your kid. and yes, an 80 year old man can be a threat still. so could an 80 year old woman. Listen, i'm very liberal when it comes to 'what goes on in the bedroom' SO LONG AS IT IS BETWEEN CONSENTING HUMAN ADULTS. You don't touch kids. EVER. you don't take their innocense. it's not a liberty to touch a child. never mind what i think should happen, hence, the laws we have must work and this law has a tooth or two and i only hope it's enforced. it may depend on us. turn in a molester if we know of one in our areas. no matter what though boi, you don't touch kids.
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