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ABOUT OFFENDERS

Inmate & Parole Information

  • Levels of Sexual Offenders
    There are certain offenses which qualify the offender as a Sexually Oriented Offender. They are: a) Regardless of victim's age: rape sexual battery gross sexual imposition murder (sexually oriented) or similar laws in Ohio or other states, including attempt, conspiracy or complicity to any sexually oriented offense. b) If the victim is under 18 and offender is not a parent: kidnaping abduction unlawful restraint child stealing endangering children (sexually oriented) corruption of a minor compelling prostitution pandering obscenity criminal child enticement creating nudity oriented material or performance Every offender convicted of a second sexually oriented offense, regardless of the date of the first offense can be designated as a Habitual Sex Offender. Every offender convicted or released after 1-1-97, of a sexually oriented offense is presumed to be a Sexual Predator unless the judge, in a required hearing, determines otherwise by clear and convincing evidence. Judges may consider any prior convictions, victim's age, use of drugs or alcohol to impair the victim, sexually deviant behavior, whether threats or acts of torture were used, offender personality disorder, or other behavioral characteristics to determine the offender's status. Judges may later determine to drop the offender's predator status. Hearsay evidence is admissible.
  • Sentences
    Each crime has certain sentence options allowed by law, but sexual predators must be sentenced to a minimum two years and up to life in prison (not local jail). The judge can later reduce the sentence or the "predator" status. Offenders convicted with a sexually violent predator specifications must be sentenced to life in prison without parole when that option is available for the crime (except for death penalty cases). Any mandatory sentences for firearms or repeat violent offenders, or prior sentences for sexually violent predator convictions must be served consecutively. Offenders must submit to DNA collection.
  • Registration Requirements
    Requirements include registration with sheriff and verification of changes in residence. Failure to register is a felony 5th degree if original offense was a felony, a misdemeanor 1st degree otherwise. Sexually oriented Offenders must register annually for ten years. This is the minimum that applies to all offenders convicted of a sexually oriented offense; and also applies retroactively to similarly convicted offenders who were or are currently incarcerated. All offenders must also personally register within 7 days prior to establishing residence or when visiting for more than 7 days. Offenders who are not "habitual" or "predator" offenders are not subject to victim and community notification. Possible Enhancements above the minimum requirement may be ordered by the sentencing judge. Habitual Sex Offenders may be required to register annually for twenty years (may be changed by court order). Sexual Predators and Sexually Violent Predators may be required to register every 90 days for life (may be changed by court order.)
  • Victim & Community Notification
    Sheriff's registration information is public (A.G. Opinion 97-038): name, identifying factors, criminal history, photograph and fingerprints, employer name & address, and residence address. For Habitual Sex offenders (if court ordered) and all Sexual Predators. Victims, if requested to sheriff or judge, and adjacent neighbors must be notified within 72 hours of registration. Other community notifications include area Children Services, school, pre-school and day care programs, college, & local police. Ohio's county by county sex offender links Allen County's Sex Offender Registry​

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) is in charge of all adult cases of prison placement and parole notification. Department of Youth Services (DYS) deals with all sentenced delinquents, their prison placement and parole notifications. Both DRC and DYS have an Office of Victim Services, which provide many services, some of which are listed below. For more information about DRC (not listed below), please contact:

Office of Victim Services, 770 West Broad St., Columbus, OH 43222
toll-free: 1-888-842-8484 | business 1-614-728-1976 | DRC.Victim.Services@odrc.state.oh.us 

On the DRC website you can find victim information (on the home page, under programs and services click on victim services). You can also find offender information with either the offender's name or offender number. On the home page under offender information click "Offender search." Enter the offender's name or number. Please be aware that the offender's picture may appear on the screen.

For more information from the Department of Youth Services not addressed in the questions below, please contact:

Department of Youth Services, Office of Victim Services, 51 North High St. 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43215 | 1-800-872-3132
 

About VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday)

  • Levels of Sexual Offenders
    There are certain offenses which qualify the offender as a Sexually Oriented Offender. They are: a) Regardless of victim's age: rape sexual battery gross sexual imposition murder (sexually oriented) or similar laws in Ohio or other states, including attempt, conspiracy or complicity to any sexually oriented offense. b) If the victim is under 18 and offender is not a parent: kidnaping abduction unlawful restraint child stealing endangering children (sexually oriented) corruption of a minor compelling prostitution pandering obscenity criminal child enticement creating nudity oriented material or performance Every offender convicted of a second sexually oriented offense, regardless of the date of the first offense can be designated as a Habitual Sex Offender. Every offender convicted or released after 1-1-97, of a sexually oriented offense is presumed to be a Sexual Predator unless the judge, in a required hearing, determines otherwise by clear and convincing evidence. Judges may consider any prior convictions, victim's age, use of drugs or alcohol to impair the victim, sexually deviant behavior, whether threats or acts of torture were used, offender personality disorder, or other behavioral characteristics to determine the offender's status. Judges may later determine to drop the offender's predator status. Hearsay evidence is admissible.
  • Sentences
    Each crime has certain sentence options allowed by law, but sexual predators must be sentenced to a minimum two years and up to life in prison (not local jail). The judge can later reduce the sentence or the "predator" status. Offenders convicted with a sexually violent predator specifications must be sentenced to life in prison without parole when that option is available for the crime (except for death penalty cases). Any mandatory sentences for firearms or repeat violent offenders, or prior sentences for sexually violent predator convictions must be served consecutively. Offenders must submit to DNA collection.
  • Registration Requirements
    Requirements include registration with sheriff and verification of changes in residence. Failure to register is a felony 5th degree if original offense was a felony, a misdemeanor 1st degree otherwise. Sexually oriented Offenders must register annually for ten years. This is the minimum that applies to all offenders convicted of a sexually oriented offense; and also applies retroactively to similarly convicted offenders who were or are currently incarcerated. All offenders must also personally register within 7 days prior to establishing residence or when visiting for more than 7 days. Offenders who are not "habitual" or "predator" offenders are not subject to victim and community notification. Possible Enhancements above the minimum requirement may be ordered by the sentencing judge. Habitual Sex Offenders may be required to register annually for twenty years (may be changed by court order). Sexual Predators and Sexually Violent Predators may be required to register every 90 days for life (may be changed by court order.)
  • Victim & Community Notification
    Sheriff's registration information is public (A.G. Opinion 97-038): name, identifying factors, criminal history, photograph and fingerprints, employer name & address, and residence address. For Habitual Sex offenders (if court ordered) and all Sexual Predators. Victims, if requested to sheriff or judge, and adjacent neighbors must be notified within 72 hours of registration. Other community notifications include area Children Services, school, pre-school and day care programs, college, & local police. Ohio's county by county sex offender links Allen County's Sex Offender Registry​

VINE is a technological tool for quickly accessing information about an offender and his/her status in state prison or local jails in Ohio. Commonly asked questions are answered below. It is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime two important services: information and notification.


Information
For defendant custody and court information call 1-800-770-0192 and follow the prompts. Callers us basic information to search the VINE database. VINE will quickly provide the caller with offender status information, and will provide information on upcoming court events and hearings. VINE can also be accessed via the internet simply click on this link and you will be directed to the page. Click on your state and follow the instructions https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/initMap.do

Notification
Callers may choose to register for automatic telephone and/or email notification when an offender has a change in status throughout the criminal justice process. In some cases, letters may be sent.

Sex Offenders

Offenders determined to be sex offenders in the state of Ohio and persons moving to Ohio from other states where they have been ordered to register as a sex offender, must register with their county's sheriff's office. Many sheriff offices have web-sites with this information or you can contact your local sheriff's department for a list of registered sex offenders in your county.

Click here for more information on sex offender's registration and notification

Allen County's Sex Offender Registry

For Ohio's county to county sex offender links 
*THIS SITE DOES NOT SUPPORT ALLEN COUNTY OHIO, PLEASE USE THE LINK ABOVE

Klaas Kids Foundation, which talks about Megan's Law and other information regarding children's safety

Searchable website for Ohio sexual offenders ​​

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