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WOODS CROSS, Utah (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — Sex offenders will now get Twitter introductions when they move to Woods Cross.

The Woods Cross Police Department sent its first such tweet this week, saying “New to the area” with a link to the sex offender registry listing of a man convicted in 2000 of attempted forcible sexual abuse.

Police Chief Greg Butler tells the Deseret News that he’s a parent and likes the idea of knowing who’s moving into the neighborhood. But he says the sex offenders themselves probably don’t appreciate the news broadcasted.

“That’s information we just want to share with the public,” Butler told the Deseret News.

Civil rights attorney Brian Barnard says there’s nothing illegal about the tweets, but says he has concerns about the Utah sex offender registry itself.

“Many states have a tiered system where only sex offenders who are prone to reoffend are listed,” Barnard told the Deseret News. “Utah lists many, many people on the sex offender registry who are not prone to reoffend.”

The Utah Department of Corrections approved the move to tweet about sex offenders in the area.

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