NC sex offender map app now available

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The app can show you addresses of registered sex offenders in a one-, three- or five-mile radius.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If you're ever wondering how close sex offenders might be anywhere you go in North Carolina, you can now use a smartphone app.

State Attorney General Roy Cooper unveiled the "North Carolina Sex Offender Registry" app at the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

The app uses GPS to determine your exact location and then finds all the registered sex offenders that live within a one-, three- or five-mile radius.

"I think it's something that probably every parent should have on their phone--not just angry birds but something that'll protect your kid," said Chad Greene, a Winston-Salem dad.

The app showed 28 sex offenders living within one mile of the sheriff's office.

Besides helping people be more aware of their surroundings, Cooper said he hopes the app will help make the registry more accurate.

"If people know those who have been convicted of sex offenses, and they know that they have not given the appropriate address to the sheriff's office, then they can report them," Cooper said.

To download the app and for more information, go to the NC Department of Justice website.

The app is only available on the iPhone and iPad now, but Cooper said they're working on a version for Android phones. However, Cooper said he is not certain when that would be ready.

The app did not cost the state Department of Justice any money to create, Cooper said.

North Carolina is the second state to have such an app. Ohio was the first.

More than 1,700 registered sex offenders live in the immediate Triad, with 600 in Guilford County, 452 in Forsyth County, 280 in Davidson County, 213 in Randolph County and 211 in Alamance County.

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