National Registered Sex Offender Laws

Rhode Island Sex Offenders

Rhode Island sex offenders law ensures that persons convicted for a sex offense in Rhode Island register with the state police. The state based its law on Megan’s Law to protect its residents from re-offending sex offenders.

Under the Rhode Island sex offenders law, convicted offenders fall into 3 risk levels:

This classification depends on the nature of sex crime committed by an offender. The requirements for registration depend on these classifications.


Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry

The Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry manages the information on convicted sex offenders living in the state. The registry updates this information in real time to make sure it is accurate. The local law enforcement officials in the state verify this information.

According to the Rhode Island sex offender law, only the profiles of Level II and Level III offenders are available to the public. The registry also notifies the community whenever a high-risk sex offender moves into the neighborhood.

This information protects the public from the menace of sex offenders living amongst them.

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Rhode Island Sex Offender Facts

Facts
Top Offenses
  • 11-37-1.10 - Sex Offender Registration Violation
  • 11-37-8.3 - Second Degree Child Molestation
  • 11-37-8.1 - First Degree Child Molestation
  • 11-37-2 - First Degree Sexual Assault
  • 11-37-4 - Second Degree Sexual Assault
Counties in Rhode Island with the highest number of offenders:
  • Providence County
  • Kent County
  • Washington County
  • Newport County
  • Bristol County
Zip Codes in Rhode Island with the highest number of offenders:

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Rhode Island Sex Crimes Requiring Offender Registration

Criminal Offense against a Victim Who is a Minor:

  • The kidnapping of a minor - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-26-1.4 (West 2008).
  • Kidnapping or false imprisonment, where the victim is 16 years of age or older and under 18 years of age - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-26-1 (West 2008).
  • Kidnapping or false Imprisonment with intent to extort, where the victim is 16 years of age or older and under 18 years of age - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-26-2 (West 2008).
  • Sexual assault (3rd degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-6 (West 2008).
  • Assault with intent to commit 1st-degree sexual assault - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8 (West 2008).
  • Child molestation sexual assault (1st degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8.1 (West 2008).
  • Child molestation sexual assault (2nd degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8.3 (West 2008).
  • Soliciting an incompetent person for prostitution where the victim or person solicited to commit the offense is under 18 years of age - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-1-10 (West 2008).
  • Exploitation for commercial or immoral purposes - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-9-1(b) or (c) (West 2008).
  • Murder, where the murder was committed in the perpetration of, or attempted perpetration of, kidnapping and where the victim of the offense is under 18 years of age - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-23-1 (West 2008).

Sexually Violent Offenses:

  • Sexual assault (1st degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-2 (West 2008).
  • Sexual assault (2nd degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-4 (West 2008).
  • Sexual assault (3rd degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-6 (West 2008).
  • Assault with intent to commit 1st-degree sexual assault - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8 (West 2008).
  • Child molestation sexual assault (1st degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8.1 (West 2008).
  • Child molestation sexual assault (2nd degree) - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-37-8.3 (West 2008).
  • Assault with intent to commit sexual assault - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-5-1 (West 2008).
  • Murder, where the murder was committed in the perpetration of, or attempted perpetration of, rape or any degree of sexual assault or child molestation - R.I. GEN. LAWS § 11-23-1 (West 2008).
  • Any offense in another jurisdiction which is substantially the equivalent of any offense listed in this subsection or for which the person is or would be required to register under 42 U.S.C. § 14071 or 18 U.S.C. § 4042(c).

Individuals convicted of a registrable offense in another state register must register as sex offenders.

Information maintained in Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry

RI. ST. § 11-37.1-5 (West 2008)

(b) Notification of registration requirements. The person designated with the responsibility for the notification requirements of this chapter shall, before the release of any person required to register under this chapter:­

  1. Inform the person of the duty to register and obtain the information required for registration;
  2. Inform the person that if the person changes his or her residence address, the person shall give the new address to a designated state law enforcement agency in writing within twenty-four (24) hours;
  3. Inform the person that if the person changes residence to another state, the person shall register the new address with the law enforcement agency with whom the person last registered, and the person is also required to register with a designated law enforcement agency in the new state in accordance with the new state's sex offender registration statute;
  4. Inform the person that if the person works or attends school in another state in which he or she does not reside, the person shall register his or her employment address or address of the educational institution he or she attends as required by the other state;
  5. Obtain fingerprints and a photograph of the person if these have not already been obtained in connection with the offense that triggers registration; and
  6. Require the person to read and sign a form approved by the attorney general stating that the duty of the person to register under this section has been explained.

(c) Registration information. In addition to the requirements of subsection (b) of this section, for a person required to register under § 11-37.1-3, then the person responsible for the notification required under subsection (b) of this section shall obtain the name of the person, identifying factors, anticipated future residence, juvenile and adult offense history, and documentation of any treatment received for the mental abnormality or personality disorder of the person.

Community Notification and Websites

RI. ST. § 11-37.1-12 (West 2008)

(b) The regulations shall provide for three (3) levels of notification depending upon the risk of the re-offense level of the sex offender:

  1. If the risk of re-offense is low, law enforcement agencies and any individuals identified by the parole board guidelines shall be notified;
  2. If the risk of re-offense is moderate, organizations in the community likely to encounter the person registered shall be notified by the parole board's guidelines, in addition to the notice required by subdivision (1) of this subsection;
  3. If risk of re-offense is high, the members of the public likely to encounter the person registered shall be notified through means in accordance with the parole board's guidelines designed to reach members of the public likely to encounter the person registered, in addition to the notice required by subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection
  4. The sex offender community notification unit is authorized and directed to utilize the Rhode Island state police web site and the Rhode Island Unified Court System website for the public release of identifying information of level two and level three sex offenders who have been convicted, provided that no identifying information of a juvenile shall be listed on the web site.

Limitations on Residency or Employment

None

Duration of Registration

RI. ST. § 11-37.1-4 (West 2008)

  1. 10 years for persons not subject to lifetime registration.
  1. Life for sexually violent predators, recidivists, and aggravated crime offenders.

Timeframe for Registration

Within 30 days of entering state; 10 days of a change of address; 30 days before release

Applies to Offenders Convicted in another State?

Yes, only those convicted of first-degree sexual assault.

Verification of Address

No

Penalties for Non-Compliance

Misdemeanor—90 days imprisonment, 1 year probation

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