Delaware Sex offender Law states that sex offenders in the state must register in the state’s criminal justice department. The Law protects the citizens of Delaware by creating awareness on the dangers of sex offenders. The Law aims to reduce recidivism or chances of offenders to re-offend.
The Delaware Sex Offender Law mandates the state’s criminal justice department to track sex offenders living in Delaware. Upon conviction, vital information of a sex offender goes to the department. The Law classifiers Sex offenders in Delaware into 3 tiers:
Tier III offender (Verifies registration every 90 days for life)
Tier II offender (Verifies registration every 6 months unless relieved of registration obligations)
Tier I offender (Verifies registration every 12 months unless relieved of registration obligations)
The classification depends on the level of a sex offense committed. The Law ensures that every sex offender in the state gets evaluated upon release from jail. The evaluation determines if the offender is fit to dwell among the public.
The Law protects the citizens of the State from the menace of sex offenders. It ensures the public has access to information on sex offenders living amongst them.
The Delaware Sex Offenders Registry is in charge of verifying and updating information on sex offenders living in the state.
Delaware Sex Offenders Registry stores information on sex offenders in the state in a digital form. The information lives in an electronic database and is available to the public through the internet.
Offenses Requiring Registration and Community Notification Under ALA. CODE. § 15-20-20:
Indecent Exposure (1st degree) - DEL. CODE ANN. tit. 11, § 765 (West 2008).
Indecent exposure (2nd degree), if the offender had previously been convicted of the same offense or any sexual offense within five years of the current offense - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 764 (West 2008).
Incest - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 766 (West 2008).
Unlawful Sexual Contact (1st, 2nd, 3rd degrees) - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, §§ 767-769 (West 2008).
Rape (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degrees) - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, §§ 770- 773 (West 2008).
Sexual extortion - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 776 (West 2008).
Bestiality - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 777 (West 2008).
Continuous sexual abuse of a child - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 778 (West 2008).
A dangerous crime against a child - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 779 (West 2008).
Female genital mutilation - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 780 (West 2008).
Dealing in children - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1100 (West 2008).
Sexual exploitation of a child - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1108 (West 2008).
Unlawfully dealing in child pornography - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1109 (West 2008).
Possession of child pornography - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1111 (West 2008).
Sex offender residing or loitering in a school zone - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1112 (West 2008).
Sexual solicitation of a child - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1112A (West 2008).
Violation of privacy - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, § 1335(a)(6)-(7) (West 2008).
Promoting prostitution (1st and 2nd degree) - DEL. CODE ANN. Tit. 11, §§ 1352(2), 1353(2) (West 2008).
Offenders convicted after June 27, 1994, of any offense specified in the laws of another state, the United States or any territory of the United States which is the same as, or equivalent to, any of the offenses listed above.
11 DEL.C § 4120
previously used names
aliases or nicknames
physical description of the offender
sex offender’s place of residence, study, and employment
age of the victim
statement of any relevant conditions of release, discharge, parole or probation
relationship to the victim
Community Notification and Websites
11 DEL.C § 4121
• "Community notification" means notice which is provided by any method devised specifically to notify members of the public who are likely to encounter a sex offender.
• Methods of notification may include, but not be limited to:
newspapers or notices, or
Any combination thereof, to schools, licensed day care facilities, public libraries and other accessible public facilities within the community.
• "Community notification" also includes notice provided through an alert system added to the Delaware State Police Sex Offender Registry Internet Web Site that allows governmental agencies, public officials, and members of the general public to register to receive updates by geographical region whenever a sex offender is added to, deleted from, or has any change in status on the registry.
• If a school, school district or licensed child care provider receives community notification, the community notification must be placed in a binder and kept in the administrative office available to view upon request by adults and juveniles with adult supervision.
• The school, school district or licensed child care provider shall notify parents and staff frequently through their regular communications of the availability and location of the community notification binder.
(2) The physical posting of community notifications in public school buildings and licensed child care facilities is prohibited.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
11 DEL.C § 4121
(f)(1)(a): Life for offenders designated to Risk Assessment Tier III or if the offender has been designated to Risk Assessment Tier II or I and has previously been convicted of a registrable offense.
At the time of release from custody or at sentencing if placed on probation; 30 days of entering the state, 10 days of changing the address
Misdemeanor mandatory, min. 90 days imprisonment w/balance of at least one-year probation, up to 1-year imprisonment; second and subsequent failures Class G felony; parole/probation revocation
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