Sex Offenders PDF Print E-mail

1. WHO IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER?
Offenders who:

  • are adjudicated guilty on or after August 1, 1997, of a sex offense;
  • are serving a sentence of incarceration, probation, parole, or other form of community supervision as a result of an adjudication of guilt on August 1, 1997, for a sex offense;
  • are committed following an acquittal on or after August 1, 1997, on the grounds of mental disease or defect for a sex offense;
  • are serving a commitment as a result of an acquittal on August 1, 1997, on the grounds of mental disease or defect for a sex offense; and
  • were required to be registered under the former Habitual Child Sex-Offender Registration Act,
  • are required to register.

(Ark. Code Ann. §§ 12-12-905(a)(1)-(5))

2. WHAT DOES “SEX OFFENDER” MEAN?
“Sex offender” means a person who is adjudicated guilty, adjudicated delinquent and ordered to register by a juvenile-court judge, or acquitted on the grounds of mental disease or defect of a sex offense. Sexually violent predators are usually classified as sex offenders.
(Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-903(13))

3. WHAT DOES “SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR” MEAN?
“Sexually violent predator” means a person who has been adjudicated guilty, adjudicated delinquent and ordered to register by a juvenile-court judge, or acquitted on the grounds of mental disease or defect of a sexually violent offense and who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses.
(Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-903(17))

4. WHAT DOES “SEX OFFENSE” MEAN?
“Sex offense” includes:

  • rape;
  • sexual misconduct;
  • sexual abuse in the first or second degree;
  • sexual solicitation of a minor;
  • violation of a minor in the first or second degree;
  • incest;
  • engaging children in sexually explicit conduct for use in a visual or print medium;
  • transportation of minors for prohibited sexual conduct;
  • employing or consenting to the use of a minor in a sexual performance;
  • pandering or possessing a visual or print medium depicting sexually explicit conduct involving a minor;
  • producing, directing, or promoting a sexual performance;
  • promoting prostitution in the first degree;
  • stalking, when ordered by the sentencing court to register as a sex offender;
  • indecent exposure to a person under 12;
  • exposing another person to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), when ordered by the sentencing court to register as a sex offender;
  • kidnapping, when the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim;
  • false imprisonment in the first or second degree when the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim;
  • permitting abuse of a minor;
  • computer child pornography;
  • computer exploitation of a minor in the first degree;
  • an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit any of the offenses enumerated in (1) through (20) above; or
  • an adjudication of guilt for an offense of the law of another state, for a federal offense, for a tribal court offense, or for a military offense
    • that is similar to any of the offenses enumerated in (1) through (21) above
    • when that adjudication of guilt requires registration under another state’s sex-offender registration laws; or
    • a violation of any former law of Arkansas that is substantially equivalent to a sex offense.
      (Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-903(12)(A))

A sentencing court has the authority to order the registration of any offender shown in court to have attempted to commit or to have committed a sex offense, even if the offense is not an enumerated sex offense.  (Ark. Code Ann. § 12-12-903(12)(B)(i))

Megan’s Law
The Arkansas Megan’s Law requires that all level III and IV sex offenders must be registered in an open public directory. To view sex offenders near your area, check these directories;

ACIC

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