What's Happening at The Porter County Sheriff's
Offenders to pay fees
Porter County sex offenders to pay fees
By Ken Kosky
Monday, April 07, 2008
| The Porter County Sheriff's Department invests a lot
of time and money in maintaining the county's sex
offender and violent offender registry.
But starting May 1, the department will charge fees to
offenders to recoup some of the costs of keeping track
Offenders -- such as convicted child molesters and
rapists who are required to register -- will have to pay
a $50 annual registration fee. Offenders who move will
pay a $5 change of address fee.
Because the registry is part of a state mandate, Indiana
law allows counties to implement the fee. State law also
dictates who must register for the local lists.
"We've had to create a position to track and register
these offenders. New equipment and manpower is needed to
do this, and that's the reason for the fees," said Lt.
Chris Eckert, police spokesman.
With 125 to 150 offenders to keep track of, several of
whom move each month, the fees are expected to raise
$6,000 to $10,000 annually. Ten percent of the fees will
go back to the state, and the remainder will remain with
the Sheriff's Department.
The registry is designed to let residents know if a sex
offender or violent offender is living near them. To see
the registry, visit
portercountysheriff.com and click on sex