The sheriff’s office has no legal authority to tell a sex offender where they can live. Unless court restrictions exist, they are constitutionally free to live wherever they choose. Sex offenders have always lived in our communities, but they were not required to notify law enforcement of their residence until registration laws were implemented pursuant to the Jacob Wetterling Act in 1994. Law enforcement may now share that information with members of their communities, and in the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement must actively notify community members.
Vigilantism, or the use of this information to harass, threaten, or intimidate the subject of this notification is criminal behavior and will not be tolerated.