The enactment across the United States of increasingly comprehensive sex offender registration laws has brought predictable results: the number of individuals adult and youth offenders placed on sex offender registries has exploded. Dukes, R. At para. Violations of these restrictions are misdemeanor crimes.
The overwhelming majority of the individuals interviewed for this report started registering when they were children under age Barnes, T. Many of the registrants were subjected to the same sex offender registration, public disclosure, and residency restrictions as adults.
But one sex offender search can uncover the truth. The agents turned the drugs and the year-old Mexican national over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for investigation. Ethnicity: White. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates. Once you've arrived at the search page, you can use the menu on the left side of the screen to search by name, address, city, ZIP code or county.
In several cases investigated by Human Rights Watch, children often with little legal advice agreed to plead guilty to a sex offense without being informed of the registration requirements they would be subject to for years or decades thereafter.
Sexual Battery. Giedd et al. In DecemberPennsylvania enacted SORNA and included children on the registry for the first time; however, the new law does not require children to be posted on the web.
In some localities in the United States, the lists of all sex offenders are made available to the public: for example, through the newspapers, community notification, or the Internet. Adolescence is a developmental period characterized by identity formation. Studies have shown that actuarial risk assessment instruments  consistently outperform the offense-based system mandated by federal law.
We urge citizens to be very cautious about anyone included in their "Circle of Trust.