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Sex offender registry terms

October 02, 2005

Child sex offender: One convicted of a sex crime involving a person who was younger than 18 years old at the time of the offense. The offense must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 1995. The offense may have occurred before Oct. 1, 1995, if the offender was in the custody of a supervising authority, such as a prison, on Oct. 1, 2001.

Child sex offenders are required to register for life, updating their registration information every year.

Such offenders have been convicted of crimes that include first- through third-degree sex offense, child sexual abuse, and first- and second-degree rape. Some who are listed as child sex offenders have been convicted of fourth-degree sex offense, the least serious inappropriate touching charge.




Offender: A person convicted of a sex crime whose registry term is determined by the court at sentencing, typically lasting 10 years.

The offense must have occurred on or after July 1, 1997.

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Those in this category are required to update their registration every year.

Such offenders have been convicted of crimes that include fourth-degree sex offense, child kidnapping and kidnapping, false imprisonment of a child, solicitation of a minor for sexual conduct, child pornography or any attempt to commit such crimes.




Sexually violent offender: A person convicted of a sex crime involving someone 18 years old or older.

Such offenders are required to register for life and to update their registration every year.

The offense must have occurred on or after July 1, 1997, or before that date if they were in the custody of a supervising authority, such as a prison, on Oct. 1, 2001.

Such offenders have been convicted of crimes that include all rape-related charges, including assault with the intent to commit a rape-related crime, sexual offense charges and most sex offense charges, excluding fourth-degree sex offense.




Sexually violent predator: A person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense that occurred on or after July 1, 1997. Such offenders are required to register for life and to update their registration every 90 days.

These offenders have been determined to be at the greatest risk of committing subsequent sexually violent acts.

Information from the Maryland Sex Offender Registry Web site, www.dpscs.state.md.us/ onlineservs/sor/, and from Sex Offender Registry Unit Manager Paul Kozloski.

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