Thursday, 19 July 2012

As It Always Was

Published Jul 19, 2012 at 8:50 am (Updated Jul 19, 2012 at 8:50 am)

Attorney General says the Common Law does not allow for a sex offender register

"Bermudian laws do not allow for the Sex Offenders Registry to be in the public domain, according to Attorney General Kim Wilson.

She further denied that she has been in meetings with interest groups to develop a protocol for the release of information, saying that the protocol has been in place since 2009.

Several parents of young sexual assault victims have called for the sexual offenders registry to be available to the public, as with similar registers in the United States.

During yesterdays sitting of the Senate, Ms Wilson said: “Whilst historically there have been demands from some segments of the community for a US styled sex offenders register in the wake of convictions for sexual offences, Bermuda’s laws, which are modelled on UK law, do not allow for the establishment of such a register.”

She explained that information regarding sex offenders can be released on a case-by-case basis if it is found the individual presents a risk of serious harm to the health and safety of the public, an affected group of people or an individual."

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