INDIANAPOLIS (WXIN) -- State lawmakers are inching closer to making it illegal for convicted sex offenders to advertise and work as a babysitter.
The bill was drafted after Madison County authorities realized a loophole prevented them from re-arresting 26-year-old Anthony Carmack.
Carmack has been on Indiana’s sex offender registry since 2013 after being convicted in a child pornography and exploitation case. Last fall, authorities learned Carmack was advertising babysitting services on Facebook.
Senator Frank Mrvan wrote bill 258 when he learned of the gap in the law.
It seeks to prohibit sex offenders from advertising babysitting online and would ban a sex offender from living at a place where a person provides child care. Current laws only prohibit convicted sex offenders from working at schools, youth centers, and public parks.
So far, he says the bill has received support from both sides of the aisle.
Senate Bill 258 was passed unanimously in committee.
It still has a reading in the Senate, and then it will go to the House. If it passes there, it could go into effect this July.