Registrants who are barred from volunteering at a church can still perform a number of roles in a church.Volunteering at a church has now been defined to mean engaging in an activity which would ordinarily be employed for compensation which involves in working with, assisting or being engaged in activities with minors.On May 20, 2010, Governor Perdue signed into law House Bill 571.It made important changes to Georgia’s sex offender registry laws.Disabled Persons Disabled or incapacitated persons may be eligible to be removed from the registry under the following circumstances.The registrant must have completed all prison, parole, supervised release and probation for the offense which required registration and: (a) is confined to a hospice facility, skilled nursing home, residential care facility for the elderly or nursing home; (b) is totally and permanently disabled; or (c) is otherwise seriously physically incapacitated due to illness or injury. Where DNA evidence is used to establish the identity of the accused, a prosecution for the following offenses may be commenced at any time: armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, and aggravated sexual battery.
That process could only be initiated once ten years had elapsed from the completion of the person’s sentence.
It does not include participation in activities for persons 18 years of age or older only, participating in worship services, or engaging in religious activities or activities at a place of worship which do not involve supervising, teaching, directing or otherwise participating with minors who are not supervised by an adult who is not a registrant.
The rules regarding homeless registrants have also changed.
With regard to registrants whose offense conduct occurred after June 30, 2006, there is ongoing litigation about whether the school bus stop provision can be enforced.
Most counties do not have designated bus stops and those that do are not enforcing the bus stop provision while the litigation is pending.
Level of Offense Change If the registrant was convicted of an offense which was a felony on or before June 30, 2006, but is now a misdemeanor, the registrant can petition for removal from the registry.