When a sex offender registers with the county Sheriff's Office in Indiana, you will be alerted if the offender's address is: Individuals listed on this registry have been convicted of a sexual offense that requires them to meet a number of mandates including annual registration with law enforcement.
This registry is designed to increase community safety and awareness.
Police responded quickly and arrested Michael Bland.
According to court documents, bland was released from prison in 2012 where he has served time for lewd acts with a child under 14.
The boy's mother cried as she described the fear she felt as Bland grabbed her son-- the boy told us he was afraid.
"Yeah I was frightened that I would be taken away and I couldn't see my family anymore."The boy was not physically injured.
The ex-teacher's public defender, Tom Means, advised her to enter a plea of guilty, meaning she would face between 1 and 15 years in state prison.
The ex-teacher was then charged with a third degree felony instead of the first degree rape felony, and released with no further jail time.
A local defense attorney told KUTV the change in the law creates balance, and isn't a loophole.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER, 50, ARRESTED FOR SEX TRYST WITH TEEN BOY STUDENT But Means then found an amended statute in Utah Code that states, "if a minor is 16 or 17 years old, the rape charge can be reduced to Unlawful Sexual Conduct, when applied to a person who holds a relationship of special trust: such as an adult teacher, employee, or volunteer," according to court documents obtained by KUTV.
Utah law applies stricter punishments if there is more than a seven year age gap between the minor and the offender.