June 4, 2017

30 Laws in 30 Days: More paroled sex offenders will have GPS anklets for life

6-4-17 Indiana:

INDIANAPOLIS (Statehouse File) – Detectives called him a master manipulator.

But Joseph Anderson’s scheming came to an end when a man called the Department of Child Services to report Anderson had shown him a screenshot of himself and a 9-year-old boy performing sex acts on each other.

After months in court, Anderson — who had already served prison time for two child sex cases and got out in 2010 — was convicted last August to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty to three felony counts of child molestation involving four children.

Sen. Joe Zakas, R-Granger, was propelled to write Senate Enrolled Act 38 after seeing headlines in the South Bend Tribune about Anderson’s conviction and other admitted crimes of molesting another 34 local, vulnerable children over many years.

“It gave me a need to author something for greater oversight,” he said.

Zakas also sees the law as another way to improve Indiana’s criminal laws and protect Hoosiers, a focus he has held throughout his 35 years in the Senate.

“Public safety is one of the most important things legislators do,” Zakas said. “We have a right to be safe in our homes and neighborhoods.”

The law, which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb and goes into effect July 1, does two things: ..Continued.. by Ashley Shuler

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