Invention could warn Ohioans of nearby sex offenders

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Ohio lawmakers have gotten a look at a tiny electronic device that could warn people when a sex offender is approaching.

Offendar is a radar technology invented by a company in Chagrin Falls, near Cleveland. The device is the size of a key fob and vibrates when picking up a signal from a parolee’s monitoring bracelet from up to 50 yards away.

Offendar’s makers gave members of the Legislature demonstrations today at the request of State Senator Tim Grendell, who chairs a Senate criminal justice committee.

Lawmakers who took part were divided on Grendell’s idea for legislation to require that the technology to be inserted into existing ankle bracelets and installed at schools and other locations where offenders are prohibited.

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