The Herald reports:
New Zealand’s first register of child sex offenders is to be set-up – with the Government saying currently such people can “disappear into communities”.
Police and the Corrections Department will run the register, which will be established under legislation introduced to Parliament today.
Offenders will need to provide a range of information including fingerprints, photographs, aliases, address, workplace and employer, car registration, computer IP address and passport details.
Umm most computers do not have a fixed IP address.
The Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill will track convicted child sex offenders aged 18 or over at the time of committing their offence who are:
• Convicted of a qualifying offence and sentenced to prison.
• Convicted of a qualifying offence and sentenced to a non-custodial sentence, and directed to be registered by the sentencing judge.
• Convicted of an equivalent offence and sentenced overseas, or have been on an overseas register, if they intend to reside in New Zealand
Offenders will be on the register for life, 15 years or eight years, depending on the severity of their crimes.
Sounds very reasonable.
Authorised Police and Corrections staff, and authorised staff from relevant agencies such as the Ministry of Social Development and Housing New Zealand, will be able to share relevant information in the register.
There will not be public access, but in certain cases, such as where there is a threat to a child, information may be released to a third party such as a parent or teacher.
Potentially over time the register might include other offenders?