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Bill addressing sex offenders getting name change approved

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The General Assembly approved House Bill 233  Friday, requiring sex offenders who want to change their name to demonstrate that the name change would not frustrate a legitimate law-enforcement purpose, is for a fraudulent purpose and would not otherwise infringe upon the rights of others.

"Where someone like a registered sex offender or probationer is under ongoing supervision, it is important for the public to be able to look him up," said Delegate Rob Bell, R-Albemarle. "In recent cases, a name change went forward in court without even notice to the prosecutor."

The issue was brought forward by an assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Culpeper County when the office was not notified that a man who was convicted of rape and served a 20-year sentence changed his name.

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