NEW REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR SEX OFFENDERS

May 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

Knowing whether a person is a sex offender is an important fact in custody and visitation determinations.  The restrictions imposed by statute on sex offenders and their impact on child custody and visitation are subjects of another post to come.  This post addresses the reporting requirements.

Effective July 1, 2011, MCA 45-33-21 is amended to greatly expand the reporting requirements in several important respects.  Here are the highlights:

  • The offenses included are expanded to embrace several new categories of offenses, including ” … condoning by the parent, legal guardian or caretaker of continuing sexual abuse of a child.”
  • Non-residents who are employed or attending school in Mississippi must register.
  • The list of jurisdictions in which the offender was convicted is expanded to include the District of Columbia and most, if not all, U.S. territories and possessions.
  • The offender must register not only with the Department of Public Safety (DPS), but also with the sheriff of each county where the registrant resides, works, and attends school.
  • Volunteer work, unpaid internships and transient and day-labor work must be reported.
  • The duty to report changes in name and status is clarified, and the use of false information is added as an additional ground for a finding of non-compliance with the reporting requirement.
  • Offenders are required to report all temporary residence locations, telephone numbers, passport and immigration information, and all professional licenses.
  • Registrants must report within three days any change in vehicle information and internet identifiers. 

There are more requirements.  DPS is ordered to forward the registraion info to schools and public housing agencies in the affected areas, as well as law enforcement and other entities. 

I suggest you read the law.  It can be critical information in a child custody case.  I have a post coming up soon on how the status of sex offender affects many important aspects of custody and visitation.

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