Judges to Decide on Secret Sex Offender List

Shawn Grate
Ashland County Sheriff Office

There is a “restricted” list of sex offenders that is available only to police and courts, and it’s at the center of a state Supreme Court case.

Judges from the state’s highest court are is considering whether officials can keep private the process by which certain sex offenders get onto a non-public registry

Law allows sex offenders to go on the restricted list if a judge decides they are not dangerous to the public and naming them would identify their victim.

The Freedom of Information Commission and Department of Public Safety disagree over whether police must disclose when, where and by whom those court decisions were made.

Justices heard arguments on Thursday from attorneys for both state agencies. A reporter for the Journal Inquirer newspaper of Manchester, which first sought the information, also spoke.

The Supreme Court has not said when it expects to rule.

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