Sex offenders may have to pay for the upkeep of the indiana Sex Offender Registry.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams believes a new measure approved by the Indiana legislature will allow him to charge offenders a user fee.
Corporal Tom Wedding spends about sixty percent of his workweek sitting at his computer adding new sex offenders to the registry and updating the addresses of the 400 or so existing ones. The other 40 percent of the time, he's out on the street verifying that information.
Cpl. Wedding says, "I think it's busier than most people realize."
The sheriff's office may have to maintain the website, but it won't have to pay for it anymore.
The sex offenders themselves will, thanks to a bill passed by Indiana legislators and now an ordinance approved by Vanderburgh County Commissioners.
Vanderburgh County Sheriff Eric Williams says, "It is in classic sense a user fee."