When offenders are found guilty of committing an act involving a sex crime, they are required to comply with conditions outlined in the Sex Offender Registration Act. According to this act, sex offenders must register with a state registry to protect the community by providing information to the public about sex offenders living in that area. These offenders are organized into three categories based upon the level of their crime and the risk that they will repeat their offense. Level one is made up of low-risk offenders. Level two is comprised of moderate-risk offenders and level three has the most serious offenders. Only level two and level three offenders are held on the public registry. They will be on this for life and anyone can have access to it. Those who are described as a level one offender will be on a private registry for 20 years. The only people who have access to this category are law enforcement and other judicial bodies.
What punishments can individuals charged with a sex crime face?
In the state of New York, there are strict consequences for those that are charged with a sex crime. Being accused of a sex crime can greatly impact a person’s life. Not only may they face jail time, the social stigma is not as forgiving as it is for other crimes. People want to protect their families and friends as best as they can. With the Sex Offender Registration Act in effect, any person can gain knowledge of sex offenders in their area, which can lead to disruptions in the lives of those who have been charged with the crime. They may face public backlash due to their status.
What is a sex crime?
Sex crimes are defined as an act of sexual nature that lacks the consent of the other party. Some individuals are unable to give consent due to their age or mental capacity. Those under the age of 17 and those with certain degrees of mental handicap cannot legally give consent. Felony charges include rape, sexual abuse in the first degree, aggravated sexual abuse, child sexual abuse and predatory sexual assault. Misdemeanors include sexual misconduct, forcible touching, sexual abuse in the second degree and sexual abuse in the third degree. Judicial consequences are decided case by case. Individuals may face jail time.
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