Thursday, October 26, 2017

Indiana Sex Offenders Not Banned From Churches

In John Doe 1 v. Boone County Prosecutor, (IN App., Oct. 24, 2017), the Indiana Court of Appeals held that the state's sex offender law does not prohibit serious sex offenders from attending their church, even if the church conducts Sunday school or provides child care at the same site.  Indiana law prohibits "serious sex offenders" from entering "school property."  The Court concluded:
Churches and religious instruction are not schools, nor do they become so by use of the popular and common name of “Sunday school.”
Zionsville (IN) Times Sentinel reports on the decision.