Wednesday, November 19, 2014

More Than 20 Registered Sex Offenders In Saline County


The well-being of our youth is a top priority of the Dorchester Times. 

That's why we are publishing today's post, hoping parents will always take appropriate steps to ensure the children's safety -- no matter how busy we get.

Nebraska law declares that sex offenders present a high risk as repeat offenders. For that reason, the Legislature and the attorney general have determined that in order to assist local law enforcement agencies, sex offenders must register as provided by the Sex Offender Registration Act. This information is used to provide public notices and information so that Nebraska communities can develop reasonable plans to safeguard children and teens.

Under state law, there are three levels of registered sex offenders -- those who must register for 15 years, 25 years and life.  That duration is based on the seriousness of the crime. The difference between the levels are as follows:
  • 15 years: If the sex offender was convicted of an offense not punishable by imprisonment for more than one year (i.e., primarily misdemeanor offenses).
  • 25 years: If the sex offender was convicted of an offense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
  • Life:  If the sex offender was convicted of anoffense punishable by imprisonment for more than one year and was convicted of an aggravated offense; or had a prior sex offense conviction; or has been determined to be a lifetime registrant in another state or other jurisdiction.
The Times found one listing of a registered sex offender in Dorchester at the present time. It may be viewed by clicking here.

There are currently 22 registered offenders in Saline County, according to the Nebraska State Patrol Web site. 

Over the past year, the City of Crete has seen its number of registered sex offenders jump to 10, up from seven. Wilber has four offenders, while Friend has two.  

To see the list of registered sex offenders in Saline County, click here.

5 comments:

  1. Good information!

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  2. Probably more. Others just haven't been caught yet.

    But keep Dorchester a friendly village and don't become paranoid and make a mental list of 'suspects.'

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  3. Yes we do live in a small, close knit community and we only have one class 3 (lifetime) offender; but sex offenders are very mobile and know small town kids are very trusting. Keep tabs on the Registry, but more importantly, keep tabs on your children. Make sure they know how to deal with a stranger, especially one in a car or van. Teach them to be aware of what is around them and strangers who might be watching their activities. Tell them never to be afraid to ask an adult they know or even one of our high school kids for help. Pedophiles do not want adult attention and will generally leave the area if they feel they are in danger of being identified. I don't believe there is a door in this town that would remain closed if a child came knocking on it to ask for help. This is one of the more important posts the Times has put up and I think everyone should share it to get the widest distribution possible.

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  4. I see that the offender in Dorchester is on the list for life

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  5. I do not think he lives there anymore because some one else lives there now,

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