For example, an offender who is convicted of Rape is classified as a Tier 3 Sex Offender.Prior to the Adam Walsh Act, offenders were classified under “Megan’s Law”.Under Megan’s Law, offenders had a judicial hearing in court; the court (Judge) determined classification based on certain discretionary guidelines.

Not all registered sex offenders are subject to mandatory community notification.

There are only two classifications of sex offenders that are subject to mandatory community notification; “Sexual Predators” and “Tier 3” sex offenders.

When an offender registers their residential address, deputies verify the address.

Once the address is verified, the Sheriff’s Department generates a community notification (mailing) to neighbors who live within a 1,000’ radius of the registered address.

This notification provides specific information about the offender; including their registered address, a photo, physical description and identifiers, and conviction information.

How are notifications handled in multi-unit buildings?

The state defines a multi-unit building as a building with more than 12 residential units that have entry doors that open directly into the unit from a hallway that is shared with one or more units.

In this instance, a notice will be given to the building or condominium manager and the notice should be posted in each common entryway.

I just found out that a sex offender lives in my community and I wasn’t notified. There are a few reasons this may occur: How are offenders classified?

Under current Ohio Law, the Adam Walsh Act (AWA) offenders are classified on a tier level, based on their offense of conviction.

Each qualifying offense is assigned a predetermined tier level; Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3.