Sheriff Lutz is committed to inform the citizens of Muskingum County where Sex Offenders are living in the county. The options below will assist you in your search for Sex Offenders who live in your neighborhood.
If you have any questions or comments about a Sex Offender living in your area please contact John Howe at (740) 452-3637, Ext 6007, or by email by clicking the following link .
The Ohio Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Network (e-SORN) offers a program in which you can register to be notified of registered sex offenders who live or move within a 1-mile radius of you. To register click the link below.
You may also do an online search for sex offenders on the Ohio Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Network (e-SORN) web site by clicking the link below.
Offender is required to register in person with the sheriff of the county where he/she plans to live, attends school, or is employed. Registration information shall include, but is not limited to, the registrant’s residence address, school and work addresses, if applicable, a photograph of the registrant, and any other information requested by BCI&I.
Whether or not a sex offender lives in your neighborhood you need to educate yourself and your family in safety concerns. This is a time to reinforce family safety planning and specific concerns about this offender. Be observant, be vigilant and aware of your surroundings. Work with your local law enforcement agency and get involved in your Neighborhood Crime Watch program. If your block or neighborhood does not have one, start one. Community notification was not developed to scare you. It exists to educate you and help you make your neighborhood safer through awareness.
The Sheriff's Office lacks any authority in forcing an offender to move from one location to another. The Sheriff's Office is granted the authority to give community notification about specific offenders considered moderate or high risk to the community. The Sheriff's Office also checks to see that all sex offenders are living where they are registered. We also actively seek out those offenders who fail to register or fail to make proper notification of an address change.
As we have stated earlier we want the sex offender law to succeed and if you want to advise additional neighbors or individuals, please just refer them to the Sheriff's Office or to this web site. We do not want you to be civilly liable if anything may occur to the offender, their family or property.
We will not be contacting the public if this offender moves from a location. We are obligated to notify only the new neighborhood where they move, and only those sex offenders that require community notification will be done. Offenders move on a regular basis and it would present great difficulties in providing this notification. To assist everyone, the Sheriff's Office posts all registered sex offenders on our web site.
Not all sex offenders offend against children. Do not tell them scary details about the crimes. Keep them informed in general, as it may protect them from others who would harm them. The goal is that your child is educated about being safe from everyone, including strangers, acquaintances or family members who would victimize them.
Here are some basic do's and don'ts regarding an offender:
Studies indicate that approximately 5 % of treated sex offenders re-offend in a sexual way. Untreated sex offenders re-offend approximately 7% in a sexual way. Approximately 8% re-offend in a non-sexual, non-violent way and 3% re-offend in a non-sexual, violent way, and approximately 77% have no new offenses at all.
It is natural to be angry or fearful when we hear about a sex offender living nearby. Even though we know that there are over 8,600 sex offenders already living among us, it seems like the one offender we hear about has made our life very uncomfortable. This is a defining moment for the community. If the result of community notification is that the offenders are harassed, the courts or the legislature could take the law away. We need this offender law to succeed, because if it doesn't, that means there will be another victim. Sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. If an offender is able to build a stable, crime-free life we all win. If we lose this law, we will go back to the days of not knowing when an offender lives near us. With this new right to know comes a new responsibility to use the knowledge constructively.
The Sheriff's Office cannot place any restrictions on where an offender lives in any community. While you may not be happy about an offender living in your area it is important to realize that at least you are aware of this offender. There are countless numbers of individuals who have not been caught and continue to offend in your community. The best defense you can have is being educated in how to protect yourself and your family members from being victimized by anyone.