Statewide News
5:28 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Few Ohio Counties Use Funds to Pursue Sex Offenders

Ohio's attorney general says only 13 of Ohio's 88 counties have used federal funds available for bringing back convicted sex offenders who flee the state without informing authorities.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine and is urging more counties to use money from a program he set up last April. It reimburses counties for the cost of bringing convicted sex offenders back when they flee to avoid laws requiring them to regularly register with authorities. The Dayton Daily News reports Tuesday that DeWine is concerned that only 22 convicted sex offenders have been brought back under the program.

Only $30,000 of the $100,000 available when the program started has been used.

DeWine recently identified more than 100 Ohio offenders being sought out of state.