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State's Sex-Offender Site Getting Heavy Web Traffic

Posted April 30, 2007
Updated May 1, 2007

— The new North Carolina sex-offender registry Web site is getting plenty of traffic, state Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Monday .

Since the Department of Justice relaunched the site with a new look April 23, visitors have conducted more than 500,000 searches to see if sex offenders live near their homes or children’s schools.

The numbers include 278,000 people who used a new feature that allows people to view maps and aerial photographs that show offenders’ home addresses.

More than 4,200 people have signed up for e-mail alerts when a sex offender moves near an address they specify. People in Raleigh signed up for the most e-mail alerts, followed by Charlotte, Cary and Durham.


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  • yacs May 1, 2007

    isabella, what did the sex offender do? That wouldn't affect whether he could live there, but it really should -- the registry includes people who are not pedophiles and aren't a threat to children, so it's important to know exactly why someone is on the list.

  • Tbell67 May 1, 2007

    Well isabella758 Unfortunately, there is a loophole in too many situations and this is one of them. I think that they should have made him move after becoming a RSO. The law should work either way, whether he/she does it before or after they move.

  • isabella731 Apr 30, 2007

    This is just for info... I called the local sheriff's office about a sex offender who was living less than 1000 ft from a local elementary school, and was informed that he was allowed to live there if he had lived there before his becoming an RSO, but that he couldn't have moved there afterwards. I know that this story is basically about the site, but I just thought I'd throw this in, just to show how "less than perfect" any system is. I would imagine that most of the parents in that elementary school have no idea that an RSO lives less than 800 ft away from the school. The site is great. I've heard that a lot of school employees check it regularly to see who lives close to their schools. Now that there's an email alert, that's even better. It's still best to check the site for those that are already in the area. As for WRAL, they gave the name of the website when it was first being introduced not too long ago. Gotta give them some credit.

  • patriot Apr 30, 2007

    Thanks Amusedone, leave it to wral to give a story about a website, but not tell us what the website is.

  • JustDontUnderstandPpl Apr 30, 2007

    (0)--(0) (Using binocs to look for angy offender).

  • Wolfman456 Apr 30, 2007

    Well, at least we know our kids will be safer...not perfectly safe but safer.

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  • StraightNifonged Apr 30, 2007

    What is the http address for this site?