The Oregon Web site is likely to feature just a fraction of the state's
sex offenders, lawmakers say.
February 5, 2001
Eighteen months after sex offenders sued to block the state from posting
names, photos, addresses and other information about Oregon’s 9,000
registered sex criminals on the Internet, lawmakers are planning to try
This time, they hope to avoid any legal hassles by authorizing state police
to put a scaled-down sex offender registry online.
"We’re definitely going to come back to it," said Sen. Peter Courtney,
D-Salem. "I think what we will do is narrow it to predatory types. They’re the
ones that scare me to death because we still don’t know what to do with
Initially, the sweeping sex offender site was to go online Sept. 1, 1999. But
lawyers representing nearly 20 offenders filed suit, calling it a violation of
their rights and an invasion of privacy. Lawyers criticized the Web site
because it lumped hard-core child molesters and serial rapists with people
convicted of relatively minor offenses, such as indecent exposure.
State police put the site on hold until the legal challenge was resolved. The
case now is with the Oregon Court of Appeals.
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Source: Statesman Journal, by Alan Gustafson