TO PROVIDE THAT A PERSON REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER MUST INDICATE ON THE INITIAL REGISTRATION FORM THE NAME UNDER WHICH THE PERSON WAS CONVICTED FOR THE SEX OFFENSE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE REGISTRANT MUST ALSO NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE SHERIFF OF ANY NAME CHANGE BY THE REGISTRANT AND INCLUDE NAME CHANGES AS PART OF THE VERIFICATION PROCEDURE, TO DIRECT THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL STATISTICS TO MAINTAIN THE STATEWIDE REGISTRY SO THAT A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY CONDUCT SEX OFFENDER SEARCHES USING ANY NAME OR ALIAS OF A REGISTRANT, TO CLARIFY THAT SEX OFFENDERS MAY NOT CHANGE THEIR NAME PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 101 OF THE GENERAL STATUTES, TO AMEND THE LAW REGARDING THE VENUE IN WHICH TO FILE A PETITION TO TERMINATE A SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT, AND TO APPROPRIATE FUNDS TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE REPAIRS TO THE STATEWIDE REGISTRY COMPUTER SYSTEM.
Amends GS 14-208.7(b) to require that a sex offender’s registration also include the person’s name at the time of conviction, any alias the person used at the time of conviction, and the person’s name as it appears on the judgment imposing the sentence for the conviction.
Enacts new GS 14-208.9(f) to direct a registered sex offender to report any name change, within 10 days, to the applicable sheriff. Makes a conforming change.
Enacts new GS 14-208.9A(a)(3)(c) to require a sex offender to verify with the county registry whether the person still uses or intends to use the registered name, as last reported to the sheriff. If the registrant has a new or different name, then the person must provide that name to the sheriff.
Enacts new GS 14-208.14(a)(4a) to direct the Division of Criminal Statistics to maintain the statewide registry for public access and ensure that a registrant’s full name, any aliases, and any legal name change are cross-referenced and discoverable. Makes a conforming change to GS 14-208.14(a)(3).
The above provisions are effective December 1, 2011, and apply to sex offenders whose registration occurs on or after that date, and to sex offenders registered before December 1, 2011, who continue to be registered on that date. However, any sex offender registered before December 1, 2011, and continuing to be registered on that date will not be in violation of the proposed requirements regarding the registrant’s name, provided the registrant provides the required information on the first verification date that occurs on or after December 1, 2011.
Amends GS 14-208.12A(a) to direct a person petitioning the superior court to terminate the 30-year registration requirement to file in the district where the person was convicted, if the conviction is for an offense that occurred in North Carolina. Directs the person to file in the district where the registrant resides, if the conviction is for an out-of-state offense, and sets forth additional petition requirements. Effective December 1, 2011, and applies to petitions filed on or after that date.
Amends GS 101-5 to prohibit a clerk of court from allowing a registered sex offender to obtain a name change.
Appropriates $10,000 for 2011-12 from the General Fund to the Department of Justice to repair the computer system and software supporting the statewide registry in the Division of Criminal Statistics. Effective July 1, 2011.
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