By Kristin Espeland
Laramie, WY – On July 1st, changes to Wyoming's sex offender registry law take effect. They're intended to bring the state into compliance with recently passed federal legislation, the Adam Walsh Act. Now all sex offenders who've committed a qualified offense will have to register with the county sheriff. Previously, counties were supposed to hold so-called classification hearings to determine a sex offender's risk to the community. Natrona county attorney Mike Blonigen says only the higher risk offenders had to register.
And Blonigen says many counties didn't even bother to hold hearings Which meant that a sex offender's default risk level was always low. The online registry will centralize the names photographs addresses and more of sex offenders living in the state.