February 12, 2019

Sex Offenders Can't Provide Child Care Under Senate Bill

Article origination IPBS-RJC
Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) says state law didn't bar sex offenders from being child care providers. - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) says state law didn't bar sex offenders from being child care providers.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The Indiana Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would close a gap in state law concerning sex offenders.

Sexual predators and those who commit offenses against children are barred from working or volunteering on school property or at a public park. But Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) says state law doesn’t stop them from being child care providers, or living with someone who is.

“And sadly, this came from a fact pattern in the state of the Indiana where someone went on Facebook who was on the registry and advertised himself as a babysitter for your children,” Head says.

The bill closes that loophole. It passed unanimously and now goes to the House.

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