Sex offenders near your home

Sex Offender Registry

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) — After a recent arrest of a convicted sex offender at a local motel, many people went back to the Indiana statewide database to check the area near their home.

The Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry database offers information for where a sex offender lives, works, and even what they look like.

It’s updated by the local Sheriff’s Department on a regular basis, but the system does rely on self-reports from convicted offenders.

Each offender follows rules based on their sentence from a case. Many sex offenders are not allowed to live within 1,000-feet of a school, park, youth center or day care; however, that rule does not apply to all offenders. Some offenders are also grandfathered in to the law based on when they moved to their current residence.

If you’re traveling, many states offer a registry similar to the Indiana registry to check before you book a hotel. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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