Sex Offenders' Employment to Become Public

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

You can already find out where they live, now the government is about to share even more information about sex offenders.

They bag your groceries, sell and service your vehicle, even prepare your food. Chances are you've run into a sex offender while he or she was on the job, and didn't even know it.

Come January, that could all change, as nationwide, states list employment locations on sex offender websites.

"It will be new information to the public. It won't be anything new to us because we already collect this information anyway," said Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Eddie Carmon.

Until now, states just didn't publish it; unlike an offender's address and picture which are already available.

Troopers say its just more information to help you make wise choices about yourself, and your kids.

"Thats the best thing that can come from this, is self protection because the police can't protect you at all times," said Carmon.

"I've got my little girl, so that's definitely something I'd definitely want to know," said parent Richard Pitzer. "I think that's a good thing. If they're gonna be allowed out in the public they should definitely have to say where they live, where they work, everything."

The website won't just be handy for parents, co-workers could use it too.

"Definitely I would," said Brenda Williamson. "I wouldn't want to work with them. That may be not right, but they did wasn't right either."

However, not everybone thinks disclosing that much information about a sex offender is a good idea.

"Entitled to their privacy no matter who it is," said Michelle Manriquez. "Everybody deserves a second chance. Doesn't matter if you're a murderer, everybody deserves a second chance."

Not only will you be able to see where a convicted sex offender works, but the new law mandates that state websites provide information on an offender's convictions in other states.

To see Texas' DPS sex offender website, click on the link below:

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