Iowa Sex Offender law states that all sex offenders in the state must register with the local authorities for identification. The State passed this legislation into law on July 1, 1995. The law covers sex offenders jailed on or after July 1, 1995.
Persons found guilty of crimes must register with the state criminal department:
Criminal offense against a minor
Sexual violent crime
Also, individuals convicted by a federal judgment and living in Iowa must register in the state. Persons convicted in another state but who wish to live, work, or go to school in Iowa must also register in the state.
The Iowa Sex Offender Registry handles and updates information on sex offenders living in Iowa. According to Iowa Sex offender law, the registry provides information on sex offenders in the state to the public. The information is available to the public through the internet.
You can visit their website to find out more about sex offenders in your community. The registry ensures that all information on the website is accurate and up to date.
Sexual abuse (1st degree) - IOWA CODE § 709.2 (West 2008).
Sexual abuse (2nd degree) - IOWA CODE § 709.3 (West 2008).
Sexual abuse (3rd degree) - IOWA CODE § 709.4(1) (West 2008).
Lascivious acts with a child - IOWA CODE § 709.8(1) (West 2008).
Assault with intent to commit sexual abuse - IOWA CODE § 709.11 (West 2008).
Burglary (1st degree) - IOWA CODE § 713.3(1)(d) (West 2008).
Kidnapping (if 1st degree sexual abuse committed during the offense) - IOWA CODE § 710.2 (West 2008).
Murder (if 1st degree sexual abuse committed during the offense) - IOWA CODE §§ 707.2, 707.3 (West 2008).
Criminal transmission of HIV - IOWA CODE § 709C.1(1)(a) (West 2008).
Kidnapping of a minor (except in the 3rd degree when committed by a parent) - IOWA CODE §§ 710.2-710.4 (West 2008).
False imprisonment of a minor (except by a parent) - IOWA CODE § 710.7 (West 2008).
Any indictable offense involving sexual conduct directed toward a minor -
Solicitation of a minor to engage in an illegal sex act -
Use of a minor in sexual performance -
Solicitation of a minor to practice prostitution -
Any indictable offense against a minor involving sexual contact with the minor -
Incest committed against a minor - IOWA CODE § 726.2 (West 2008).
Dissemination and exhibition of obscene material to minors - IOWA CODE § 728.2 (West 2008).
Admitting minors to premises where obscene material is exhibited - IOWA CODE § 728.3 (West 2008).
Stalking, if sexually motivated - IOWA CODE § 708.11(3)(b)(3) (West 2008).
Sexual exploitation of a minor - IOWA CODE § 728.12 (West 2008).
Enticing away a minor - IOWA CODE § 710.10(1) (West 2008).
Telephone dissemination of obscene materials - IOWA CODE § 728.15 (West 2008).
Rental or sale of hard-core pornography - IOWA CODE § 728.4 (West 2008).
Indecent exposure - IOWA CODE § 709.9 (West 2008).
Incest committed against a dependent adult (as defined in 235B.2) - IOWA CODE § 726.2 (West 2008).
Sexual misconduct with offenders - IOWA CODE § 709.16 (West 2008).
Murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, burglary or manslaughter if the offense involves sexual abuse or attempted sexual abuse.
Sexual exploitation by counselor, therapist, or school employee - IOWA CODE § 709.15 (West 2008).
Any attempt to commit one of the offenses listed above.
I.C.A. § 692A.5 (West 2008)
social security number
date of birth
identifying factors (sexually violent predators only)
anticipated future places of residence (sexually violent predators only)
offense history (sexually violent predators only)
documentation of treatment received for mental abnormality or personality disorder (sexually violent predators only)
Community Notification and Websites
I.C.A. § 692A.13 (West 2008)
1. The department may provide relevant information from the sex offender registry to the following:
a. A criminal or juvenile justice agency, an agency of the state, any sex offender registry of another state, or the federal government.
b. The general public through the sex offender registry's web page
c. The single contact repository.
2. A criminal or juvenile justice agency may provide relevant information from the sex offender registry to the following:
a. A criminal or juvenile justice agency, an agency of the state, or any sex offender registry of another state, or the federal government.
b. The general public, including public and private agencies, organizations, public places, child care facilities, religious and youth organizations, neighbors, neighborhood associations, community meetings, and employers. Registry information may be distributed to the public through printed materials, visual or audio press releases, radio communications, or through a criminal or juvenile justice agency's web page.
3. When a person required to register under this chapter moves into a school district or moves within a school district, the county sheriff of the county of the person's new residence shall provide relevant information from the sex offender registry to the administrative office of the school district in which the person required to register resides, and shall also provide relevant information to any private school near the person's residence.
4. Any member of the public may contact a county sheriff's office or police department to request relevant information from the registry regarding a specific person required to register under this chapter.
5. A county sheriff shall also provide to any person upon request access to a list of all registrants in that county.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
I.C.A. § 692A.2A (West 2008)
1.5 Construction and application:
Any person who has committed a criminal offense against a minor, or aggravated offense, sexually violent offense, or other relevant offense that involves a minor may not reside within 2000 feet of an elementary or secondary school or child care facility A sex offender who resided within 2000 feet of a school prior to July 1, 2002 is not required to move or sell their residence.
I.C.A. § 692A.4A (West 2008)
Sex offenders are subject to registration for 10 years.
Persons that have committed a criminal offense against a minor, aggravated offense, sexually violent offense, or other relevant offense that involved a minor will be supervised for at least 5 years by an electronic tracking and monitoring system in addition to any other conditions of release.
Within 10 days of release or establishing residence in the state; within 10 days of changing residence
Annually—the department sends a verification form by mail that must be completed and mailed back within 10 days; sexually violent predators will have their addresses verified every three months
First offense is an aggravated misdemeanor; second and subsequent offenses are class D felonies; however, a person who fails to register and commits another offense is guilty of a class C felony. If person is on parole, probation, or work release, failure results in an automatic revocation
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