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Sex Offender Registry to Get Upgrade in Va.

Monday - 6/12/2006, 4:04pm  ET

Hank Silverberg, WTOP Radio

RICHMOND -- Virginia's sex offenders registry will soon become one of the toughest in the country.

The Commonwealth is spending $10 million to upgrade the Web site after a task force found about 300 offenders couldn't be accounted for under the old registry.

Under the new laws that take effect next month, violent offenders will have to register every 30 days, non-violent offenders every six months.

"If they don't do it in a timely fashion, there will be an immediate report triggered by the State Police," says Attorney General Bob McDonnell. "And a trooper or retired trooper will be out looking for him the next day."

McDonnell says they'll then be able to track down anyone who doesn't register a lot quicker. For the public, the site will also make it more clear who are violent offenders or who may be a pedophile.

Some of the money will also be used for 50 state troopers to review Web site entries on a daily basis.

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