Washington’s sex offenders law is also known as the Community Protection Act of 1990. The law ensures that persons convicted of a sexual offense register with the local enforcement authority. The law took effect from February 28, 1990.
The Community Protection Act has the requirements for the registration of sex offenders in Washington. The duration of registration and frequency of verification depends on the requirements of the law.
The major aim of this law is to protect residents of the state from the menace of convicted sex offenders. The law ensures local police alerts the people whenever a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
Washington's sex offender registry has all information on sex offenders in Washington. The registry updates this information and stores it on their official website. Residents of the state can access this information through the registry’s website.
WA. ST. § 9A.44. 130 (West 2008)
(a) The person shall provide the following information when registering: (i) Name; (ii) complete residential address; (iii) date and place of birth; (iv) place of employment; (v) crime for which convicted; (vi) date and place of conviction; (vii) aliases used; (viii) social security number; (ix) photograph; and (x) fingerprints.
(b) Any person who lacks a fixed residence shall provide the following information when registering: (i)
Name; (ii) date and place of birth; (iii) place of employment; (iv) crime for which convicted; (v) date and place of conviction; (vi) aliases used; (vii) social security number; (viii) photograph; (ix) fingerprints; and (x) where he or she plans to stay.
Community Notification and Websites
WA. ST. § 4.24.550 (West 2008)
(1) Public agencies are authorized to release information to the public regarding sex offenders and kidnapping offenders when the agency determines that disclosure of the information is relevant and necessary to protect the public and counteract the danger created by the particular offender.
(5) (a) When funded by federal grants or other sources, the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs shall create and maintain a statewide registered kidnapping and sex offender website, which shall be available to the public. The website shall post all level III and level II registered sex offenders and all registered kidnapping offenders in the state of Washington.
Limitations on Residency or Employment
WA. ST. § 9A.44.140 (West 2008)
(5)(b) 10 years for persons convicted of a class C felony, but only if they do not have 1 or more prior sex offense of kidnapping convictions and have not been convicted of any offense during those 10 years.
15 years for persons convicted of a class B felony, but only if they do no have 1 or more prior sex offense or kidnapping convictions and have not been convicted of any offense during those 15 years.
A registrant may petition for removal from the registry after 10 years if:
Life for persons:
Within 24 hours of release, immediately if not confined; 30 days of becoming new state resident; 10 days of moving
Yes, and to those convicted under laws of the foreign country or the military
Class C felony if Class A felony offense; otherwise gross misdemeanor
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