The S.C. State Law Enforcement Division unveiled this afternoon a new sex offender registry for the state.
The registry coincides with a new law that places residency restrictions on some registered sex offenders in the state.
As of today, people who have been convicted of one of five sex crimes no longer will be able to live within 1,000 feet of a school, park, bus stop, church or day care center.
The Offender Watch program allows law enforcement, parents, educators or anyone else in the general public to access an online database of sex offenders. The database shows where sex offenders live within a specified radius of any address in the state. It is accessible in all 46 counties.
The new database and residency restrictions are the result of a law passed in 2008 at the urging of S.C. Rep. Joan Brady, R-Richland.