The state of Nevada recently amended its sex offender law to align with the Adam Walsh Child Protection Act of 2006. The law protects the residents of Nevada from convicted sex offenders in the state. Sex offenders in Nevada must upon their release from jail register with the state’s department of justice.
Offenders on pardon or parole must also register after their sentence by the department of justice.
The recent amendment classifies sex offenders in Nevada into 3 tiers:
Tier 1 sex offenders (Low-risk offenders)
Tier 2 sex offenders (Moderate- risk offenders)
Tier 3 sex offenders (High-risk offenders)
Classification of sex offenders in Nevada depends on 2 factors:
The age of the victim
The nature of sex crime
Offenders convicted before, whose victim is under the age of 13, must register under Tier 3 offenders. A sex offender with no previous conviction, whose victim is under 14 years, registers under Tier 2 offenders. All other offenders are under the Tier 1 class.
The frequency of verification depends on the new classification. According to the new amendment;
Tier 1 offenders must report every 12 months
Tier 2 offenders must report every 180 days
Tier 3 offenders must report every 90 days
Also, the duration of registration depends on the class of offenders:
Tier 1 offenders register for 15 years
Tier 2 offenders register for 25 years
Tier 1 offenders register for a lifetime
Nevada’s department of justice is In charge of the state’s sex offender’s registry. The registry maintains information on sex offenders living in the state. This information is available to the public through the registry’s website on the internet.
Sexual assault - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.366 (West 2008).
Murder of the first degree committed in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of sexual assault or sexual abuse or sexual molestation of a child less than 14 years of age - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.030(b)(1) (West 2008).
Statutory sexual seduction - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.368 (West 2008).
Battery with intent to commit sexual assault - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.400 (West 2008).
An offense involving the administration of a drug to another person with the intent to enable or assist the commission of a felony listed in this section - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.405 (West 2008).An offense involving the administration of a controlled substance to another person with the intent to enable or assist the commission of a crime of violence, if the crime of violence is an offense listed in this section - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.408 (West 2008).
Abuse of a child, if the abuse involved sexual abuse or sexual exploitation - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.508 (West 2008).
Use of a minor in producing pornography or as the subject of sexual portrayal in performance - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.710 (West 2008).
Promotion of sexual performance of minor - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.720 (West 2008).
Preparing, advertising or distributing materials depicting pornography involving minor unlawful - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.725 (West 2008).
Possession of visual presentation depicting sexual conduct of a person under 16 years of age - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 200.730 (West 2008).
Incest - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.180. (West 2008).
Solicitation of a minor to engage in acts constituting the infamous crime against nature - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.195 (West 2008).
Open or gross lewdness - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.210 (West 2008).
Indecent or obscene exposure - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.220 (West 2008).
Lewdness with a child - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.230 (West 2008).
Sexual penetration of a dead human body - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.450 (West 2008).
During a child or mentally ill person (if punished as a felony) - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 201.560 (West 2008).
An attempt or conspiracy to commit an offense listed above.
An offense that is determined to be sexually motivated - NEV. REV. STAT. ANN. § 175.547 (West 2008).
An offense committed in another jurisdiction that, if committed in this state, would be an offense listed in this section. This subsection includes but is not limited to, an offense prosecuted in:
A tribal court.
A court of the United States or the Armed Forces of the United States.
• An offense of a sexual nature committed in another jurisdiction, whether or not the offense would be an offense listed in this section, if the person who committed the offense resides or has resided or is or has been a student or worker in any jurisdiction in which the person is or has been required by the laws of that jurisdiction to register as a sex offender because of the offense. This subsection includes but is not limited to, an offense prosecuted in:
A tribal court.
A court of the United States or the Armed Forces of the United States.
A court having jurisdiction over juveniles.
N.R.S. § 179D.460 (West 2008)
complete physical description
date of birth
social security number
ID number from driver’s license or state-issued ID card
length of time at current address
address of any other place where offender expects to reside in the future
length of time offender expects to remain in the county where he/she resides
name, address, and type of business of all current and expected future employers
name, address, and type of activity associated with any volunteer work of the offender
Name, address, and type of educational institution or school that the offenders attends or is employed by.
license number and description of all vehicles registered to or frequently driven by the offender
level of community notification assigned
the court in which convicted
the name under which convicted
name and location of each penal institution, school, hospital or mental facility to which he was committed
location where the offense was committed
age, gender, race, and description of the victim
Method of operation used to commit the offense, including method of obtaining access to the victim, injuries inflicted, instruments or weapons used, property is taken or other distinctive characteristics. N.R.S. § 176.0913 (West 2008)
1. If a defendant is convicted of an offense listed in subsection 4, the court, at sentencing, shall order that:(a) The name, social security number, date of birth and any other information identifying the defendant be submitted to the Central Repository for Nevada Records of Criminal History; and(b) A biological specimen be obtained from the defendant pursuant to the provisions of this section and that the specimen be used for an analysis to determine the genetic markers of the specimen.
Community Notification and Websites
N.R.S. § 179D.730 (West 2008)
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the guidelines and procedures for community notification established by the attorney general must provide for the following levels of notification, depending upon the risk of recidivism of the sex offender:
If the risk of recidivism is low, the sex offender must be assigned a Tier 1 level of notification, and the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the sex offender resides or is a student or worker shall notify other law enforcement agencies that are likely to encounter the sex offender.
If the risk of recidivism is moderate, the sex offender must be assigned a Tier 2 level of notification, and the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the sex offender resides or is a student or worker shall provide notification pursuant to paragraph (a) and shall notify schools and religious and youth organizations that are likely to encounter the sex offender.
If the risk of recidivism is high, the sex offender must be assigned a Tier 3 level of notification, and the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the sex offender resides or is a student or worker shall provide notification pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b) and shall notify the public through means designed to reach members of the public who are likely to encounter the sex offender.
2. If the sex offender is assigned a Tier 2 or Tier 3 level of notification and the sex offender has committed a sexual offense against a person less than 18 years of age, the law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction the sex offender resides or is a student or worker shall provide the appropriate notification for Tier 2 or Tier 3 and, in addition, shall notify:
Motion picture theaters, other than adult motion picture theaters, which are likely to encounter the sex offender; and
Businesses which are likely to encounter the sex offender and which primarily have children as customers or conduct events that primarily children attend. Notification pursuant to this subsection must include a copy of a photograph of the sex offender.
3. If the sex offender has been declared to be a sexually violent predator, the sex offender must be assigned a Tier 3 level of notification.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
N.R.S. § 179D.270 (West 2008)
Sex offenders must register for as long as he/she resides, works or attends school in Nevada.
Offenders may petition to terminate registration if 15 consecutive years have elapsed without a subsequent conviction and the offender has been in compliance with his/her registration requirements.
Offenders may not petition for termination of the registration requirements if they:
Are subject to community notification or lifetime supervisions under Nevada Revised Statute § 176.0931 (West 2008);
Have been declared a sexually violent predator;
Have been convicted of:
1 or more sexually violent offenses;
2 or more sexual offenses;
2 or more crimes against a child; or
1 or more sexual offenses and 1 or more crimes against a child.
Within 48 hours of arrival in a county; 10 days of changing Address
Gross misdemeanor up to 1 year in county jail
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