Unlawful encroachment by a sex offender

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee heard SB 12 on unlawful encroachment by a sex offender, sponsored by Rep. Negele.  The bill provides that, unless a court has granted a waiver, a sex offender who establishes a residence: (1) with the intent to reside at the residence; (2) within a one-mile radius of the residence of the victim of the offender’s sex offense; and (3) knowing the location of the victim’s residence; commits unlawful encroachment by a sex offender, a Level 6 felony.

The bill was amended by consent to make a technical correction, change the title of the new offense to “invasion of privacy”, and to insert the language from SB 259 on school property and religious institutions. The amendment on school property and religious institutions prohibits a sex offender from attending a house of worship located on school property while classes, extracurricular activities, or other school activities are being held.  The Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council testified in support of the bill. The amended bill passed 11-0.

Read the bill at:  http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/12