New Tennessee sex offender registry laws take effect soon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A new laws requiring sex offenders in Tennessee to provide electronic contact information, DNA, and other information to authorities takes effect July 1.

The additions and changes to the Tennessee sex offender registry laws include requiring sex offenders to provide email addresses along with instant message, chat, or any other online identification they use.

Sex offenders, including the homeless, who don't register an address will have to report to their registering agency every month, instead of every three months.

Any names ever used by sex offenders must be reported, including previous married names.

Every sex offender will be required to provide DNA. Previously, the law only required sex offender who committed their crimes after July 1, 1998.

Restrictions on spending time at schools will be made tougher.

Offender convicted of a sex crime against a minor will not be allowed to work where they would come into direct, unsupervised contact with minors.

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