Iowa Child-Abuse Registry Could Drop 28,000 Names

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By Becky Ogann

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - More than 28,000 people listed in Iowa's child-abuse registry could have their names removed from the list because of a recent Iowa Supreme Court Order.

This month's decision found that an unidentified mother was listed under a kind of category that shouldn't be on the registry. And that type of listing appears to affect nearly half of the list.

But some state officials say that category is still dangerous and removing those names creates a public safety hazard.

Iowa's attorney general has filed a motion to delay the order.

The registry was established in the late 1970s and isn't open to the public. But some employers including nursing homes and schools use it to check job applicants.

Listing on the registry doesn't indicate that a person has been convicted of a crime in court.

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