Forty-one Connecticut sex offenders have obtained court permission to prevent public access to information about them, reports the Journal Inquirer in north central Connecticut. Offenders listed in a “restricted” are identified for “law enforcement purposes only.”
State law says that shielded registration is available when there is a family relationship between the offender and the victim, and if the court finds that “publication of the registration information would be likely to reveal the identity of the victim.” The court also must find that the dissemination of the registration isn’t required for public safety. A prosecutor said the restricted registry “legitimately serves to protect the privacy of victims, under special, limited circumstances.” The newspaper describes in detail how one case ended up on the restricted registry in a plea deal. At the end of February, there were 4,529 on the public registry.