Sheriff to start charging registered sex offenders

April 24th, 2009 by admin

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Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said Thursday, April 23, that his office will soon start charging sex offenders when they register in the county.

Plummer said tier I and tier II sex offenders will be charged $25 a year and tier 3, the most serious offenders, will be charge $100 because they must register four times a year.

There are more than 1,500 registered sex offenders in the county, with more than 500 being tier III, Plummer said.

“They created their problem and this shouldn’t be an expense left to the taxpayer,” he said.

Plummer’s office spends $85,000 a year in postage and registry cards sent to convicted sex offenders. He said there are four employees dedicated to keeping track of registered sex offenders and maintaining the registry Web site, costing his office another $300,000 in salary and benefits.

“It’s an enormous amount of money when you look at all the factors,” Plummer said.

A state law passed in January 2008 allows sheriffs to charge fees to offenders. An offender can be charged for the initial registration, for registering a new residence address, and for verification of a current residence address.

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One Response

  1. Michael Bee

    This sounds like a great idea. But the truth is, these “Offenders” are loser to begin with. Now you are asking them to pay for something they can most likely can not afford. This just gives the “Offender” a reason to fall through the cracks.
    Then a taxpayer will have to pay more money to find them, track them, prosecute and jail.
    Ohio had the plan of using a special colored green license plate. Don’t believe it pass, but a great idea. The offender becomes a mark and citizen can identify and call in any violations. And they the citizens do that for free.

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