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2008 - New Tier System

On January 1, 2008 many changes became effective to the sex offender registration laws in Ohio. On that date Ohio Attorney Generals Office assigned each offender to a 'Tier' level. That level has been assigned based on the crime(s) of which the offender was convicted. A document showing the Tier levels and offenses may be seen by clicking on the link below marked 'Tier Levels.'

Under the new Tier system some offenders must now register more often and for longer periods.

  • Tier 1 Offenders must register once per year for 15 years. (formerly 10 years)
  • Tier 2 Offenders must now register every 180 days for 25 years (formerly one per year for 20 years)
  • Tier 3 Offenders must register every 90 days for life.

In addition each offender will now be required to provide the Sheriff’s Office with more information about themselves at the times they register. That information will include all vehicles registered to them or which they may operate, all professional licenses, including passports and Visa's, and all internet accounts they may have, including e-mail addresses and any MySpace or similar accounts they may use.

Tier Levels for Sexually Oriented Offenses

Tier Levels for Child Victim Oriented Offenses

To determine if an offender is in the state prison system you may search by using the link below:

ODRC Offender Database Search

To determine if an offender is in a county jail you must contact that local Sheriff's Office directly.

eSorn's Safety and Education Resources

For more information about a sex offender living or working in Erie County please contact Detective Sergeant Dennis Papineau at [email protected] or at 419-627-7553.

Megan's Law

Megan Megan Kanka, 7, was killed in July 1994 in Hamilton Township, New Jersey.

Jesse Timmerndequas, a twice-convicted sex offender, was sentenced to death for Megan's murder and rape.

Megan's parents lobbied for state and federal laws requiring officials to find ways to warn neighbors when known Sex Offenders move into a neighborhood.

In May 1996, the Federal "Megan's Law" was signed by President Clinton, requiring all states to disclose to the public, information about Sex Offenders.

Project Shaq Shield


June 20, 2011 

Ohio ICAC Launches Project Shaq Shield

Free iPhone App featuring Shaquille O’Neal 
Promotes Protection of Children on the Internet

First Law Enforcement App: Locates Registered Sex Offenders Across Ohio

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason and the Ohio Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association announced the launch of Project Shaq Shield, a campaign to proactively protect children who use the Internet. Sherwin-Williams sponsored the official launch of Project Shaq Shield during Internet Safety Month at the Cleveland Indians game yesterday. Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force partners were recognized on the field as Prosecutor Mason threw out the game’s first pitch at Progressive Field. Prosecutor Mason is the Chair of Ohio ICAC.

Project Shaq Shield is encouraging parents to take ownership of their children's Internet activities. The best defense against Internet predators is parental involvement. With nearly all children now using the Internet and cell phones, the probability of them encountering an unsolicited sexual advance has greatly increased. 

The Shaq Shield app is a free iPhone app featuring basketball superstar, Shaquille O’Neal. This iPhone app, called the Shaq Shield, the first of its kind, can be accessed at, connecting the user to the Apple iTunes Store. The Shaq Shield encourages parents and children to pledge with Shaq to establish and follow guidelines on using the Internet. The app offers parents quick and easy information, such as Internet safety tips, a glossary of online terminology, and lingo used by children. The app will expand to other mobile devices in the future.

The Shaq Shield offers the first law enforcement-approved Sex Offender Registry on an iPhone. At their fingertips, parents not only have Internet safety tips and a pledge, but also access to Ohio’s Sex Offender Registry. The data for the Sex Offender Registry is provided by the Ohio Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, which includes all 88 Ohio Sheriffs. Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI & I), in conjunction with Offender Watch and Mindgrab Media, is providing support for the Shaq Shield.  

Shaquille O'Neal said, “Community and parents are the best defense against Internet predators. The Shaq Shield iPhone app is a great way for parents to get informed and keep children safe online. Prosecutor Mason has led the way by creating and growing Ohio's ICAC Task Force. At 311 law enforcement agency partners around Ohio, it's strong and armed in the fight against these predators, who are smart and motivated to groom and lure our children for sex.”

“Parents—download the Shaq Shield and take the pledge to keep children safe,” said Shaquille O'Neal.

“Internet predators pose a serious threat to our children, because they look, act, and sometimes are the trusted neighbors next door. The iPhone app is a high-tech tool for parents to keep children safe online,” said Prosecutor Mason. “Shaquille O'Neal’s law enforcement experience and his commitment to helping children made him the perfect ambassador for this campaign and the iPhone app. The Shaq Shield iPhone app will be a national prototype for the 61 ICAC Task Forces around the country.”

Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, representing the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, said, “The Buckeye State Sheriff's Association is pleased to join the Ohio ICAC Task Force on providing cutting edge technology to prevent crime. Project Shaq Shield is encouraging parents to get involved with their children's activity online. The Shaq Shield iPhone app is the first app to include a law enforcement approved Sex Offender Registry.”

Ohio ICAC is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, such as police and sheriffs, volunteer to join the Task Force to strengthen its mission of protecting children from Internet predators. The Ohio ICAC Task Force works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in identifying, apprehending, and prosecuting Internet predators.

Equally important, the Task Force educates parents and children on the dangers of the Internet. Presentations are conducted by Ohio ICAC Task Force agents in schools, churches and at community events. Since 2003, the Task Force has conducted more than 1,000 presentations to over 75,000 people around the state of Ohio.

Prosecutor Mason started the Ohio ICAC Task Force in Northeast Ohio in 2000 to combat the alarming new trend of Internet predators and then expanded the Task Force state-wide in 2003. Currently, the Task Force is made up of 311 law enforcement agencies, with at least one agency located in each of Ohio's 88 counties.

The following law enforcement officials were in attendance at the Cleveland Indians game:

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers, Warrensville Heights Police Chief Bill Jelenic and police and sheriff representatives from North Olmsted, Gates Mills, Rocky River, Bay Village, Lorain County Sheriff, Case Western Reserve, and Cuyahoga Heights.


Please visit to access the Shaq Shield. Ohio ICAC is also on Twitter and Facebook. and

Phone app Scroll down to view the Shaq Shield iPhone app.

Shaq Shield is a free iPhone app that provides parents with the tools and knowledge they need to protect their children from online predators.  Features of the app include:

  • A Sex Offender Registry search
  • Internet safety tips
  • Glossary of Internet terminology
  • Lingo used by children online
  • Pledges by parents and children for shared internet responsibility
  • Email alerts on registered sex offenders

Guard your children from online predators.  Download Shaq Shield from the iTunes App Store today. 

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