PRESS RELEASE, 3/19/2010

Ohio Supreme Court Decision affects Sex Offender community notification requirements

State v. McConville, slip Opinion No. 2010-Ohio-95

Yesterday, the Ohio Supreme Court released their decision in State v. McConville regarding sex offender community notification requirements pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 2950.11(F) (2). This decision does NOT affect registration requirements.

In this case, the offender had been convicted of Rape and Gross Sexual Imposition in Lorain County and was required to register as a Tier III offender which meant he had to register every 90 days for life. This decision dealt with whether he was subject to community notification.

The Court held that all registered sex offenders can ask the trial court for exemption from the community notification requirements and the court must consider their request. Sex offender registration requirements remain unchanged.