Kentucky criminal sex offender web sight
Kentucky’s registered sex offenders have the constitutional right to use Facebook, Twitter and other online social media, a federal judge ruled Friday.
Ruling in a lawsuit brought by a Lexington child pornography defendant identified only as “John Doe,” U. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove struck down Kentucky’s sweeping restrictions on internet access for registered sex offenders.
Kentucky State sex offender search & Alert Line The Kentucky State Police provides sex offender registration information to the public through this website.
The intent of this site is to promote public safety and awareness by alerting possible victims of potential danger.
The information found on their site is updated on a daily basis to ensure that the data is as current as the states from which they receive their sex offender data.
It was a complete suppression of speech.” One law prohibited sex offenders from using social networking websites or instant messaging or chat rooms that potentially could be “accessible” to children — which is to say, much of the internet. Supreme Court in June that struck down a similar North Carolina ban on social media for sex offenders, in part because so many civic institutions — from elected officials to news media — are now tied into social media.
The other law required sex offenders to keep their probation or parole officers updated on all of their email addresses and various online identities. For example, the Herald-Leader’s website would be off-limits to sex offenders under the state’s ban because it has a comments section open to the public, Van Tatenhove wrote.
Attorneys for the Justice Cabinet were reviewing the decision Friday, a spokesman said.
The Fayette Commonwealth’s attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.