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How to find where a sex offender lives

Sex Offender Search

A sex offender search can be conducted through an outside agency or on the Internet when a person is considering moving to a new neighborhood or simply wants to find out if any sex offenders live in their current neighborhood. This search can also serve as one more piece of the puzzle when conducting a background investigation.

Based on Megan’s Law, convicted sex offenders must register with the government entity where they are living or planning to live so as to notify the citizens of that neighborhood that a convicted sex offender will be living alongside them.

Searching for a sex offender is as easy as ‘click and point’ on the Internet. The nationwide registry of sex offenders includes information on where the offenders live, what charges are levied against them and when the incident took place. The registry also gives tips to parents about keeping their children safe, admonishing parents to be aware of who lives in their neighborhood, check backgrounds on child babysitters, coaches, teachers, camp counselors and even neighbors and to generally be more aware of their surroundings, especially when the child want to play outdoors, a common activity that often leads to child kidnappings.

A convicted sex offender is someone that has been charged with sexual assault, sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, having pornographic material of people under 18 years old (child pornography), rape, statutory rape and even some non-sexual crimes such as kidnapping. Megan’s Law requires convicted sex offenders to register with the local police entity and then Megan’s Law will notify the residents of that area that there is a sex offender in the area.

Searching for a sex offender in your neighborhood helps parents understand their surroundings and decide whether to move to that area, or move out as the case may be. Sex offender searches also help potential employers understand the criminal history of a potential employee. A person’s sexual crimes will appear when a full background check is conducted on the individual.

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