Could a sex offender or convicted child molester be living in your Virginia neighborhood? While we can't eliminate all potential dangers for our children, we should be aware of the potential risks and take appropriate precautions. Virginia has adopted a version of "Megan's Law" which requires the notification process when a sex offender is released from jail or when they are on probation. Look up sex offenders in Virginia.
What is Megan's Law?
Megan Kanka was a 7 year old who was brutally raped and murdered by a twice-convicted sex offender, living across the street from her in New Jersey. In 1994, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed "Megan's Law" requiring convicted sex offenders to register with local police. President Clinton signed the law in May 1996.
What kinds of crimes require registration?
Offenses requiring registration include: rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse of minors, unlawful sexual contact, visual sexual aggression against a child (exposing oneself), sexual misconduct with a child under 14 and solicitation of a minor via the Internet.
What information is provided about the sexual offenders?
The Virginia Sex Offender Registry provides the sex offender's name, date of birth, physical address, place of employment (if known), crime for which the sex offender was convicted and a photograph of the sex offender (if available).
What does this list mean to me and my family?
Generally, it means that your family should understand who sex offenders are, that they are living nearby and that members of your family should exercise basic safety precautions. Talk to your children about strangers and review safety tips with them. Almost all sex offenders who are sentenced to jail are eventually released and return to living and working in the community. The police department does not have the authority to direct where a sex offender may live, work, or attend school. Knowing that sex offenders live in the area does not give anyone the right to harass them, vandalize their property, threaten them or commit any other criminal act against them.
How do I find out more information?
If you have additional questions about the sex offender registry, contact the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry at (804) 674-6750.