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Registered Sex Offender Count in the US Nearly 750k

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Registered Sex Offender Count in the US Nearly 750k

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Welcome to the jungle.

According to a recent press release from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (1), the United States is home to 747,408 registered sex offenders.

If you think that number is scary, consider that about 100,000 of them are currently considered ‘missing’. Any one of those sex offenders could be in your neck of the woods.

Since 1994, sex offenders have been required to register with local law enforcement in order to help keep tabs on their whereabouts. Unfortunately, registration wasn’t enough.

The public still had no idea if there was a predator in the neighborhood, and the already overwhelming job of law enforcement made it difficult for them to babysit each and every registered offender.

The horrific murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka finally resulted in Megan’s Law being passed in 1996. This law allows citizens ready access to information on sex offenders in their neighborhoods so that they can take steps to protect themselves and loved ones from dangerous predators. (2)




The Sex Offender Registry

If you’re curious about who is lurking around your town, you can conduct a search on the sex offender registry website for your state or territory. A full list can be found on the FBI’s sex offender registry page.

From there, you can access your state’s registry and then search by offender name or by location, such as your zip code. You may be surprised at what you find.

You will also find information on the type of crime the offender has been convicted of. For example, incest, rape, child molestation, etc. Depending on the state, each offender will have a picture, the area he or she lives or in some cases the actual address, as well as the severity of the crime.

Offenders may be classified by levels where a level 2 offender is a moderate risk, level 3 is a high risk predator and level 4 is sexually violent. Or they may be divided by crimes against children, sexual battery, rape or other sex crimes.

If you’re curious about how the US looks as a whole, you can check out a PDF of the US with numbers for each state.

You’ll see that California, Florida and Texas have the largest number of sex offenders, though if you look at the number of registered offenders per 100,000 people, the Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin have the highest density of registered sex offenders.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the type of crime may not truly convey the severity of it.

A man convicted of statutory rape may have, in actuality, had sex with his girlfriend who was a willing partner. And this girlfriend may be legally under age to give such consent.

This does not necessarily make the offender a dangerous predator.

There have also been cases of people being falsely accused and convicted. While this is not the norm, it is something to remember when you discover a neighbor is a convicted sex offender.

If you are concerned, ask around. Your other neighbors may know more than the registry of registered sex offenders is telling you.

Staying Safe

You may or may not be surprised to see how many sex offenders live near you. You may also feel safer knowing the faces of the people who may pose a danger in your neighborhood.

This is a good tool to help you teach your children who to stay away from. But what about that 100,000 sexual criminals who aren’t part of the registry? This is where you need to remember safety.

You likely have already taught your children not to talk to strangers, but some studies have shown that children will still get into a vehicle with a stranger if that stranger doesn’t seem scary.

Teach them that no matter how nice someone seems, anyone could be dangerous.

Sadly, in many cases this includes friends and family members, so kids need to know what kind of “touching” is not okay, and they need to know it’s okay to tell if someone tries to cross the line.

Make sure these talks are frequent so they always remember.

Don’t forget about online predators. (3) Most experts agree that you should monitor your child’s online activity and have passwords for email and social networking accounts so you can check in periodically. Older kids and adults benefit for taking self-defense courses as well.

Sexual predators count on being able to dominate their victims. So don’t be an easy victim.

References & Image Credits:
(1) Missing Kids #1
(2) Missing Kids #2
(3) Microsoft Family Safety

Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com

  • Wow! This article has a little something for everyone. After a beginning that would make the staunchest death-penalty-for-everyone-on-the-registry advocate proud, calling an entire group of people “animals” and strongly suggesting that checking the registry is essential in order “to protect themselves and loved ones from dangerous predators,” the author then does an almost 180 degree turn from fear-mongering hype and almost gets herself on speaking terms with the truth. Almost. The total truth is that approximately 95% of sexual crime is committed by individuals not on the registry, making the registry a very expensive experiment in waste and futility. The total truth is that children are overwhelmingly, 98% and higher for those age ten and younger, victims of family members and those within the close circle of trusted family acquaintances. All that a focus on the registry does is obscure this fact and tie up any funds that could be used for programs that might actually have a chance of slowing the cycle of sexual abuse of children.

  • Kathleen, you use three different sets of numbers in your article, and I would like to ask you about them. I know that you are quoting from NCMEC for a couple of them, but I would very much like you to do some independent verification. I have tried, but as a published author, you may succeed where I failed.
    First is the largest number of right at 750,000 on the registry in America; did you come across any verification of this number by the Justice Dept. or do you have any insight into how NCMEC arrived at this number? 
    Secondly is the statement that of that huge number, 100,000 are “missing,” meaning not registering, off the grid, out of compliance. I have been seeing this number for several years now. I have written NCMEC, I have written Mr. Allen personally, I have written almost every source that printed the number begging for a link to the study or studies that yielded that number. No one sees fit to answer me. Every search I do leads straight back to Ernie Allen and NCMEC. Would you please try to find the source of that number, and I don’t mean NCMEC; I mean from where did they get it.
    Thirdly, you quote a different 100,000 as being “sexual criminals who aren’t part of the registry.” I assume here you mean the people who are responsible for sexual molestation of children, the family, friends, authority figures, etc. My only question here is, from where did you arrive at that number? 
    Please try to dig deeper into these issues. You have the opportunity to shed light on something that desperately needs it. Thank you for whatever you can do.

  • Anonymous

    The 100,000 missing/ non-compliant sex offender is a myth that has been dispelled a long time ago. It was based on a fatally flawed “study” from a for-profit group called “Parents For Megan’s Law” who created this lie out of thin air in 2003, when the registry only had 425k registrants on it. It has been around ever since.

    Also, 95% of sex crime arrests involve people with no prior record.

    Third, very few registrants commit new sex crimes, even those deemed a “Tier 3.” The system appoints risk levels rather arbitrarily, which is even worse now that states are adopting the Adam Walsh Act.

    The registry needs to be abolished.

  • Do you happen to have a reference/source to support that 95% claim?

  • Hi Shelly – same request as for the above commentator, I’d love to see a source for your particular 95% claim. Thanks.

  • Number1Eaglesfan

    The registry is a misleading tool that tricks people into a false sense of safety. Add on registry restrictions and it tends to force sex offenders to all live in clusters. There are 1000 other things that I would focus on rather than the registry before moving into a community (i.e. school system, crime rate, drug problems, etc.). Have you ever stopped to wonder why there are 3/4 million people on the registry? There is something wrong with that picture. Too many people are being labeled as sex offenders/predators without much justification. The registry is destroying lives and instilling more hate and prejudicial than I have ever seen in my lifetime. It is a very sad state for our country.

  • Here are three; sorry not to put the actual links; I tried, but the site doesn’t allow it. You should be able to find them from the info I give.
    From “Sex Offender Residency Laws in New York State”
    “Approximately 95% of
    new sex crimes are committed by people other than registered sex offenders. Out
    of the first 178 perpetrators who were caught in the Dateline ‘To Catch a
    Predator’ sting, only 4 were registered sex offenders.”

    From “We Are Losing the War on Sex Offenders but Not the Way You Think” by Chris Dornin
    “The research says more than 95 percent of sex crimes are committed by people who have never been convicted before, often
    the loved ones of the victim.”

    From ” Report: Megan’s Law fails to deter sex offenders” 
    by Anthony Coleman
    “Analyses also showed that over 95% of all sexual offense
    arrests were committed by first-time sex offenders, casting doubt on the
    ability of laws that target repeat offenders to meaningfully reduce sexual
    offending.”

  • I put it above; I didn’t see this until I had posted it on the other request. You’re welcome. I have more if you want. You can find all this yourself with a little searching.

  • Everyone – I’ve read all the comments both here and on Facebook and have taken it to heart. I’ve removed the reference to “animals” in the intro. Thanks for speaking up about it.

  • Thank you; that’s a start….

  • Did you know that all three of the references and image credits links in the story, when clicked on, yield pages that say the item either does not exist or has been removed?

  • Just a typo in the link code on my part. Fixed them. Thanks for spotting that.

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