Attorney Greg Isaacs explains the state sex offender registry

Attorney Greg Isaacs explains the state sex offender registry

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Attorney Greg Isaacs explained how to use the sex offender registry during his weekly "Ask Isaacs" segment. Attorney Greg Isaacs explained how to use the sex offender registry during his weekly "Ask Isaacs" segment.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Attorney and 6 News legal analyst Greg Isaacs explained the state sex offender registry during this week's "Ask Isaacs" segment, and how members of the public can use it.

Those who are convicted of a sex crime are required to submit a DNA sample, fingerprints, a photograph, and to register in the county in which they reside.

"There are certain provisions which are designed to protect young children," explained Isaacs. "[Registered offenders] cannot be within a thousand feet of a daycare, a public park, a school, or a place where they have athletic events."

Those who break those rules violate their probation and commit another crime.

Isaacs also says members of the public can use the sex offender registry website or mobile app to be aware of sex offenders in your neighborhood.

"If you go on the TBI website and you punch in your zip code, they will give you the name and address, along with a picture, of every registered sex offender in your postal zone," said Isaacs.

There are ways to get off the sex offender register, according to Isaacs.

"If 10 years has passed since your conviction, and you're a non-violent offender, you can petition to be removed. Also, there's a change in the law. If you committed statutory rape before 2006, you can petition to be removed also."

Otherwise, convicted sex offenders are on the registry for life.


"Ask Isaacs" airs every Wednesday on 6 News at 5:30. If you have a question for Attorney Greg Issacs, you can submit it via this form.

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