Registered Sex Offenders
FAQs - Washington
What is a Sex Offender?
The term "sex offender" refers to any person convicted of Rape, Rape of a Child, Child Molestation, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor, Sexual Violation of Human Remains, Incest, Communication with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, a Felony with a finding of sexual motivation, or a Federal out-of-state conviction that, under Washington State Law, would be classified as a felony sex offense.
Who must register as a sex offender?
Any adult or juvenile who has been convicted of any sex offense (listed above) after February 28, 1990, or who is on active supervision for a sex offense; or who has been committed as a sexually violent predator.
How long must an offender continue to register?
The duration of an offender's duty to register is based upon the original offense:
Who decides where a sex offender may live?
The Kirkland Police Department has no legal authority to direct where sex offenders may or may not live. Unless court-ordered restrictions exist, the offender is constitutionally free to live wherever he or she chooses.
What is a Risk Level?
One of three risk levels is assigned to a sex offender based on the potential risk to reoffend. Past criminal history, conviction data, and psychological behavioral evaluations are considered:
Under what authority is sex offender information released to the public?
This Department releases sex offender information pursuant to RCW 4.24.550, which authorizes law enforcement to: release information to the public regarding sex offenders when the agency determines that disclosure of information is relevant and necessary to protect the public and to counteract the danger created by the particular offender. The content of the information made available, as well as where and how the information is disseminated, is restricted to the standards set forth in Chapter 4.24 and by the Washington State Supreme Court ruling in State v. Ward, 123 Wa 2d 488 (1994).
What guidelines are used to determine the extent of public disclosure?
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