Generic term for all persons convicted of crimes involving sex, including rape, molestation, and pornography. Once convicted as a sex offender many states require the sex offender to register as such within the city and state in which the offender resides. The registration is public information and therefore is readily accessible on the Internet.
See Megans Law
Megan’s Law requires persons convicted of sex crimes against children to notify local law enforcement of any change of address or employment after release from custody (prison or psychiatric facility). The notification requirement may be imposed for a fixed period of time—usually at least ten years—or permanently.« Back to Glossary Index