Minnesota Sex Offender Law protects the residents of Minnesota from the menace of sex offenders. The law requires persons convicted of certain sex crimes in the state to register as a predatory sex offender.
Duration of registration depends on the nature of the offense, determined by the law. This information alerts residents of Minnesota on sex offenders living in their community. Registered sex offenders must report any changes to their registration immediately to the police.
The law covered persons who wish to live, work or school in Minnesota but convicted for a sex offense in another state.
The Minnesota Sex Offender Registry stores all information on sex offenders in the state. The registry is in charge of collecting and updating the state’s sex offender’s database
Minn. Stat. 243.166 Subd. 1 (West 2008)
(a) The person was charged with or petitioned for a felony violation of or attempt to violate, or aiding, abetting, or conspiracy to commit, any of the following, and convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for that offense or another offense arising out of the same set of circumstances.
609.185, Clause 2 First Degree Murder
609.342 Criminal Sexual Conduct in the First Degree
609.343 Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Third Degree
609.345 Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fourth Degree
609.3451, subd 3 Criminal Sexual Conduct in the Fifth Degree
609.3453 Criminal Sexual Predatory Conduct
617.23 subd 3 Indecent Exposure
(b) The person was charged with or petitioned for a violation of, or attempt to violate or aiding, abetting, or conspiracy to commit, any of the following and convicted of or adjudicated delinquent for that offense or another offense arising out of the same set of circumstances:
609.255, subd 2 False Imprisonment
609.322 or 609.324 Soliciting a minor to engage in sexual conduct
617.246 Using a minor in a sexual performance
617.247 Possession of pictorial representations of minors
609.3455 subd 3a the person was sentenced as a patterned sex offender.
M.S.A. § 243.166 (Subd. 4a) (West 2008)
all secondary addresses in Minnesota including all addresses used or residential or recreational purposes
all address of Minnesota property owned, leased or rented by the person
addresses of all places of employment
addresses of all school where the person is enrolled
year, model, make, license plate number and color of all vehicles owned or regularly driven
offense history and documentation of treatment received (if a person has been deemed a sexually dangerous person or has a psychopathic sexual personality)
Community Notification and Websites
M.S.A. § 244.052 (West 2008)
(b) The law enforcement agency shall employ the following guidelines in determining the scope of disclosure made under this subdivision:
(1) If the offender is assigned to risk level I, the agency may maintain information regarding the offender within the agency and may disclose it to other law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the agency may disclose the information to any victims of or witnesses to the offense committed by the offender. The agency shall disclose the information to victims of the offense committed by the offender who has requested disclosure and to adult members of the offender's immediate household;
(2) If the offender is assigned to risk level II, the agency also may disclose the information to agencies and groups that the offender is likely to encounter to secure those institutions and protecting individuals in their care while they are on or near the premises of the institution. These agencies and groups include the staff members of public and private educational institutions, day care establishments, and establishments and organizations that primarily serve individuals likely to be victimized by the offender. The agency also may disclose the information to individuals the agency believes are likely to be victimized by the offender;
(3) If the offender is assigned to risk level III, the agency shall disclose the information to the persons and entities described in clauses (1) and (2) and to other members of the community whom the offender is likely to encounter.
(c) "likely to encounter" means that:
(1) The organizations or community members are in a location or near a location where the offender lives or is employed, or which the offender visits or is likely to visit on a regular basis, other than the location of the offender's outpatient treatment program; and
(2) The types of interaction which ordinarily occur at that location and other circumstances indicate that contact with the offender is reasonably certain.
Subd. 4b. The commissioner of corrections shall create and maintain an Internet Web site and post on the site the information about offenders assigned to risk level III forwarded by law enforcement.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
M.S.A. § 243.166 (West 2008)
Subd. 6. 10 years for sex offenders not subject to lifetime registration.
Subd. 1.b. Life for persons:
With prior convictions or adjudications for sex offenses;
Found to have caused the death of a human while committing First or Second-degree criminal sexual conduct;
Convicted for engaging in sexual penetration or sexual contact with a person under 13 if the offender:
was more than 36 months older than the victim
was armed with a dangerous weapon;
causes personal injury to the victim by using force or by knowing that the victim is mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless
aided or abetted 1 or more accomplices;
Was under 16 at the time of the offense, had a significant relationship to the victim and used force or coercion, the victim suffered personal injury, or the abuse was committed over an extended period.
Immediately upon release; before entering state if accepted while on parole/probation; 5 days before changing address; out of state offenders no longer under supervision have 30 days after moving into the state
Yes, if on parole/probation; acceptance of an offender under the interstate agreement is conditional on offender registering, and other requirements; those convicted in last 10 years
No, but local law enforcement is asked to verify offender's reported address physically
1st failure gross misdemeanor, and adds 5 years to registration requirement; 2nd failure felony
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