Nature of sexual crime
The date on which the offense occurred
Age of the victim
Maryland Sex Offenders Law divides convicted sex offenders in the state into 3 Tiers:
Tier I offenders register for 15 years and must verify their registration every 6 months. Tier II offenders register for 25 years and must confirm their registration every six months. Tier III offenders register for life and verify their registration every 3 months.
All verification must take place in person to the designated supervising authority.
Sex offenders living in Maryland must update their registration within 3 days of changing any information.
The law also requires non-residents in Maryland wishing to attend school, work, or visit the state to register. Registration is within 3 days of entering Maryland for what so ever reason.
The Maryland Sex Offenders Registry is under the state’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. The registry ensures that all information on sex offenders in Maryland is up to date and accurate.
Child kidnapping - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-503 (West 2008).
Kidnapping (of a person under the age of 18) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-502 (West 2008).
Sexual offense (4th degree) of a child under the age of 18 - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-308 (West 2008).
Common law crime of false imprisonment, if the victim is under the age of 18 years and the person is not the victim's parent.
Any crime that involves soliciting a person under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual conduct.
Child pornography - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 11-207 (West 2008).
Pandering (if the victim or intended prostitute is under 18 years of age) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 11-303 (West 2008).
Receiving earnings of a prostitute (if the victim or intended prostitute is under 18 years of age) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 11-304 (West 2008).
House of prostitution (if the victim or intended prostitute is under the age of 18) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 11-306 (West 2008).
The abduction of child under 16 - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 11-305 (West 2008).
Any crime that involves conduct that by its nature is a sexual offense against a person under the age of 18 years.
Any attempt to commit one of the offense listed immediately above.
Crimes are resulting in conviction in another state or in a federal, military, or Native American tribal court of a crime that, if committed in this State, would constitute one of the crimes listed (including attempt).
The following offenses require registration as a Sexually Violent Offender:
Rape (1st degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-303 (West 2008).
Rape (2nd degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-304 (West 2008).
Sexual offense (1st degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-305 (West 2008).
Sexual offense (2nd degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-306 (West 2008).
Sexual offense (3rd degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-307 (West 2008).
Attempted rape (1st degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-309 (West 2008).
Attempted rape (2nd degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-310 (West 2008).
Attempted sexual offense (1st degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-311 (West 2008).
Attempted sexual offense (2nd degree) - MD. CODE ANN., CRIM. LAW § 3-312 (West 2008).
Crimes are resulting in conviction in another state or in a federal, military, or Native American tribal court of a crime that, if committed in this State, would constitute one of the crimes listed.
MD. CRIM. PROC. § 11-706 (WEST 2008)
(a) A registration statement shall include:
The registrant's full name, including any suffix, and address;
(i) for a registrant under § 11-704(a)(7)(i) of this subtitle or who is on work release, the registrant's place of employment; or (ii) for a registrant under § 11-704(a)(7)(ii) of this subtitle, the registrant's place of educational institution or school enrollment;
(i) for a registrant enrolled, or expecting to enroll, in an institution of higher education in the State as a fulltime or part-time student, the name and address of the institution of higher education; or (ii) for a registrant who carries on employment, or expects to carry on employment, at an institution of higher education in the State, the name and address of the institution of higher education;
A description of the crime for which the registrant was convicted
The date that the registrant was convicted;
The jurisdiction in which the registrant was convicted;
a list of any aliases, former names, electronic mail addresses, computer log-in or screen names or identities, instant-messaging identities, and electronic chat room identities that the registrant has used;
The registrant's Social Security number;
Any other name by which the registrant has been legally known;
a copy of the registrant's valid driver's license or identification card;
The license plate number and description of any vehicle owned or regularly operated by the registrant; and
The registrant's signature and date signed.
(b) If the registrant is a sexually violent predator, the registration statement shall also include:
Identifying factors, including a physical description;
anticipated future residence, if known at the time of registration;
Offense history; and
Documentation of treatment received for a mental abnormality or personality disorder.
Community Notification and Websites
MD. CRIM. PROC. § § 11-717 (WEST 2008)
(a) Department to make available registration statements; excluded information. --
(1) The Department shall make available to the public registration statements or information about registration statements.
(2) Information about registration statements shall include, in plain language that can be understood without special knowledge of the criminal laws of the State, a description of the crime of the offender that is the basis for the registration, excluding details that would identify the victim.
(b) Posting on the Internet. -- The Department may post on the Internet a current listing of each registrant's name, crime, and other identifying information.
MD. CRIM. PROC. § § 11-709 (West 2008)
(f) A local law enforcement unit may notify the following entities that are located within the community in which a child sexual offender is to reside or where a child sexual offender who is not a resident of the State will work or attend school of the filing of a registration statement or notice of change of address by the child sexual offender:
Family day care homes or child care centres registered or licensed under Title 5, Subtitle 5 of the Family Law Article;
Child recreation facilities;
Faith institutions; and
Other organizations that serve children and other individuals vulnerable to child sexual offenders.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
MD. CRIM. PROC. § 11-707 (WEST 2008)
(4) The term of registration is:
(i) 10 years; or
(ii) Life, if:
The registrant is a sexually violent predator;
The registrant has been convicted of a sexually violent offense;
the registrant has been convicted of a violation of § 3-602 of the Criminal Law Article for commission of a sexual act involving penetration of a child under the age of 12 years; or
The registrant has been convicted of a prior crime as a child sexual offender, an offender, or a sexually violent offender.
Within 7 days of release or establishing residence in the state
Misdemeanour subject to imprisonment for up to 3 years, fine of up to $5,000, or both
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