Georgia Sex Offenders Law protects the citizens of the state from persons convicted of a dangerous sexual crime. The law states that persons convicted for a sexual offense in Georgia must register with the local sheriff. The Law took effect on July 1, 1996, and prevents sex offenders from re-offending by keeping an eye on them.
All sex offenders in Georgia must register and update their information unless exempted by a court. This information is available to the public (including the victims of previous sexual abuse) on the internet. The report will help them take precautionary measures against sex offenders.
The Law covers both sex offenders living in Georgia and those convicted in another state but intends to live and work in Georgia.
The law ensures that sex offenders in Georgia live 1000 feet away from facilities like:
Gymnasium and Skating rink
Sex offenders in Georgia (depending on the nature of the sex crime) also suffer restrictions on places of employment. They are not allowed to work in organizations that offer services to persons under age 18.
According to the State Law, persons convicted of sexual crimes must register in the State’s criminal department. Georgia Sex Offenders Registry stores and updates this information. The Registry verifies this information before it is available to the public through the internet.
Georgia Sex Offenders Law classifies offenders into 3 categories:
Level 1 risk classification
Level 2 risk classification
Level 3 risk classification
Registration requirements for each level differ and depend on the law. Sexually dangerous predators register under Level 3. They wear an electronic monitoring device for the rest of their lives.
You can search for sex offenders around you in Georgia using the Registry.
Rape - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-1 (West 2008).
Sodomy (against a minor) or Aggravated Sodomy (against a minor or adult) - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-2
Statutory Rape (unless the age of the perpetrator is 18 years of age or younger) - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-3 (West 2008).
Child Molestation - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-4 (West 2008).
Enticing a child for indecent purposes - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-5 (West 2008).
Aggravated Sexual Battery - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-6-22.2 (West 2008).
The kidnapping of a minor, except by a parent - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-5-40 (West 2008).
False imprisonment of a minor except by a parent - GA. CODE ANN. § 16-5-41 (West 2008).
Criminal sexual conduct toward a minor -
Solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual contact -
Use of a minor in sexual performance -
Solicitation of a minor to practice prostitution -
Any conviction resulting from an underlying sexual offense against a victim who is a minor -
Use of a minor to engage in any sexually explicit conduct to produce any visual medium depicting such
Creating, publishing, selling, or distributing any material depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit
Transmitting, making, selling, buying, or disseminating using a computer any descriptive or
identifying information regarding a child to offer or soliciting sexual conduct of or with a child or the visual depicting of such conduct
Any conduct which, by its nature, is a sexual offense against a minor (this language replaces GA. CODE ANN. §42-1-12(a)(4)(A)(vii) (West 2008).
GA. ST. § 42-1-12 (West 2008)
(a)(16): “Required registration information” means:
(A) Name; social security number; age; race; sex; date of birth; height; weight; hair color, eye color, fingerprints; and photograph;
(B) Address of any permanent residence and address of any current temporary residence, within the state or out of state, and, if applicable in addition to the address, a rural route address and a post office box;
(C) If the place of residence is a motor vehicle or trailer, provide the vehicle identification number, the license tag number, and a description, including color scheme, of the motor vehicle or trailer;
(D) If the place of residence is a mobile home, provide the mobile home location permit number; the name and address of the owner of the home; a description, including the color scheme of the mobile home; and, if applicable, a description of where the mobile home is located on the property;
(E) If the place of residence is a manufactured home, provide the name and address of the owner of the home; a description, including the color scheme of the, manufactured home; and, if applicable, a description of where the manufactured home is located on the property;
(F) If the place of residence is a vessel, live-aboard vessel, or houseboat, provide the hull identification number; the manufacturer's serial number; the name of the vessel, live-aboard vessel, or houseboat; the registration number; and a description, including color scheme, of the vessel, live-aboard vessel, or houseboat;
(G) Date of employment, place of any employment, and address of employer;
(H) Place of vocation and address of the place of vocation;
(I) Vehicle make, model, color, and license tag number;
(J) If enrolled, employed, or carrying on a vocation at an institution of higher education in this state, the name, address, and county of each institution, including each campus attended, and enrollment or employment status; and
(K) The name of the crime or crimes for which the sexual offender is registering and the date released from prison or placed on probation, parole, or supervised release.
Community Notification and Websites
GA. ST. § 42-1-12 (West 2008)
(i) The sheriff's office in each county shall:
(1) Prepare and maintain a list of all sexual offenders and sexually dangerous predators residing in each county.
Such list shall include the:
Sexual offender's name;
The crime of conviction, including conviction date and the jurisdiction of the conviction;
The risk assessment classification level provided by the board, and
An explanation of how the board classifies sexual offenders and sexually dangerous predators;
(2) Electronically submit and update all information provided by the sexual offender within two working days to the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation in a manner prescribed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
(3) Maintain and post a list of every sexual offender residing in each county:
(A) In the sheriff's office;
(B) In any county administrative building;
(C) In the main administrative building for any municipal corporation;
(D) In the office of the clerk of the superior court so that such list is available to the public; and
(E) On a website maintained by the sheriff of the county for the posting of general information;
(4) update the public notices required by paragraph (3) of this Code section within two working days;
(5) Inform the public of the presence of sexual offenders in each community.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
GA. ST. § § 42-1-15 (West 2008)
(a): Sex offenders may not reside or loiter within 1000 feet of any child care facility, church, school or area where minors congregate.
(b)(1): Sex offenders may not work at any child care facility, church, school or by any business that is located within 1000 feet of such facility.
(b)(2): Sexually dangerous predators may not be employed by any business or entity within 1000 feet of an area where minors congregate.
GA. ST. § 42-1-12 (West 2008)
(f)(6)-(7): Life for persons:
With one or more prior convictions for a registrable offense,
With convictions for an aggravated registrable offense, or
That has been determined to be a sexually violent predator.
(g): 10 years for sex offenders with a single conviction for a registrable offense.
Within 10 days of release on parole; 10 days of changing the address
Misdemeanor and violation of parole
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