STATEHOUSE (June 13, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law legislation sponsored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) to keep sex offenders from living next door to their victims.
According to Negele, the new law mandates that a sex offender who knowingly establishes a residence within a one-mile radius of the residence of their victim, regardless of their age, commits an invasion of privacy. Previously, this law only applied to sex offenders whose victims were minors.
“Victims of sexual assault have suffered through very painful, life-altering experiences,” Negele said. “After all they have been through, they should never have to regularly face their attackers in the space where they are supposed to feel safe. By extending this protection to all victims, we can help spare them from encounters with their attackers and give them the feeling of security they need to continue their healing process.”
Sex offenders are also prohibited from attending a house of worship located on school property while classes, extracurricular activities or other school activities are being held.
This new law goes into effect July 1.
State Rep. Sharon Negele represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, and portions
of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties.
PHOTO CAPTION: Gov. Eric Holcomb (center, seated) signs legislation authored by State Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) (left, seated) and sponsored by State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) (right, seated) on Monday, June 11, 2018, at the Statehouse. Negele said the new law prohibits sex offenders from intentionally establishing a residence within a one-mile radius of their victims.