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Is there an Oregon State Sex Offender website to access offender information?
The public web site contains information on those registered sex offenders designated as “Predatory” or as sexually violent dangerous offenders who are subject to community notification, by law.  Public access may be made at sexoffenders.oregon.gov or by accessing the Oregon State Police home page at www.oregon.gov/OSP.  The public web site is located under the left page menu – Predatory Sex Offender Inquiry System.  Oregon predatory sex offender information can also be accessed through the National Sex Offender Public Registry at www.nsopr.org.   Some counties maintain a public web site which lists high risk, predatory offenders currently under supervision by Community Corrections.  Contact your local Community Corrections office for additional information. 

Presently, the Oregon public website contains only those offenders designated as “predatory”. The Sex Offender Registry is being updated to a classification system where only offenders with a Level 3 classification, with notable exceptions, will be listed on this website. 
 
How can I get a list of sex offenders in my neighborhood?                                                                                                     

Predatory offender information may be obtained through the public web site.  Once the sytem has been updated to a classification system, only offenders with a Level 3 classification, with notable exceptions, will be listed 

 
Why doesn't th​e ​list give me the addresses for all the registered sex offenders?

Offenders currently under p​arole, post-prison supervision, probation or under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court fall under the authority of their supervising agency.  Information on these offenders through the registry is limited by law.  Questions regarding conditions, restrictions and address information should be directed to the supervising agency. 
 
Can I get the address of adult sex offenders on supervision from the county corrections agency?
This varies from county to county.  Generally they will provide you the address of those offenders determined predatory.  If the sex offender has not been determined predatory, they may not release address information but can provide you with information about their crime of conviction and conditions of supervision. 
 
What does “Predatory Sex Offender” mean?
Oregon law defines it as an individual who exhibits characteristics showing a tendency to victimize or injure others and who has been convicted of certain sex crimes.  Offenders are assessed on an individual basis to determine whether they will be designated predatory.  The “predatory” designation allows law enforcement, or the supervising agency, to notify the community about a particular sex offender.  Currently, this system is being transitioned to a classification system 

 
Are all sex offenders considered “Predatory”?
No.  The Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision (for persons housed in state correctional facilities), Community Corrections (for persons on probation) and Oregon State Police (for persons convicted of certain sex crimes in other states moving into Oregon and persons who have never been on supervision) must make a finding of predatory, based on an assessment of the offender’s crimes and history.  This assessment is based, in part, on previous history and the facts surrounding the sex offense conviction and will continue to be used under the classification system.  
 
Are all sex offenders required to register?
No.  The list of sex offenses required to register can be found in ORS 181.805(5).  The first registration laws went into effect in Oregon in 1989.  Since that time, additional crimes have been added to the list.  There are a number of people living in Oregon whose sex offense convictions predate the registration requirements.  Others have convictions which allow for relief from registration 10 years after their supervision ends.

How long are sex offenders required to register? 

Registration is lifetime for Level 3 offenders (unless they petition for reclassification), sexually violent dangerous offenders, most offenders designated "predatory" and offenders found guilty of first degree: rape; sodomy; unlawful sexual penetration; kidnapping of a minor; or burglary with intent to commit one of these crimes. 

Level 2 and Level 1 offenders can apply for relief from the registration obligation 10 years after their supervision end date if they meet very stringent criteria. ORS 181.820-833.  

 
Where can I find the descriptions for Oregon sex crimes?
The descriptions for sexual offenses in Oregon can be found in ORS 161.405, 161.435, 161.450, 161.455, 161.525, 161.535, 163.215, 163.225, 163.235, 163.266, 163.275, 163.305-689 & 181.805(5). See our Related Statute page*
 
Where can I find information about sex offender residence requirements?
Residence requirements are conditions placed on sex offenders currently under supervision by the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision (for parolees) and Community Corrections (for probationers).  These requirements can be found in ORS 144.641-642.  For sex offenders off of supervision, no residential requirements apply under current Oregon state law. 
 
Can registered sex offenders have contact with or be around children?
Offenders under supervision may have restrictions on whether they can be around minors.  If you believe an offender under supervision has been contacting minors, please contact your local Community Corrections office.  Offenders who have been determined predatory and are posted to the Oregon Predatory Sex Offender website cannot be around minors if:
(ORS 163.476) They are where minors regularly congregate; defined as schools, parks, day care centers, skate parks, etc. where minors would normally meet for educational or recreational purposes; and
(ORS 163.479) Contact is made with minors for the purpose of committing a crime for the sexual arousal or gratification of the offender or another person. 
 
What should I do if I see a known sex offender talking with children in the neighborhood?
Contact your local law enforcement agency.  Report as much detail as possible.  Confidentiality will be respected if requested. 
 
Who should I contact if I want to report a suspicious incident or person?
Contact your local law enforcement agency.  Offenders use secrecy as a method to continue their sexual abuse.  Community involvement greatly enhances the successful monitoring of offenders in your community. 
 
How do victims of sex offenses get information on their convicted sex offenders?
The Oregon State Police have a toll-free telephone number, 1-800-551-2934, to provide victims with updates on the prison status, release information, parole status and any information concerning the registered sex offender who committed the crime against the victim that is authorized for release under ORS 181.843. The telephone line is operational on regular business days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Oregon Department of Corrections also provides information on incarcerated and supervised sex offenders under their jurisdiction through the VINE Program at 1-877-OR4-VINE.  
 

Community Notification

What is community notification?
Community notification is advising the community where a predatory sex offender resides of that individual’s presence.  This can be made in a variety of ways depending on the offender and the circumstances.  Notifying only the offender’s family and employer is a minimal form of community notification. Community notification is made by local law enforcement (i.e., police department, sheriff’s office, state police) for persons not on supervision.  Community notification is made by Community Corrections for persons under supervision by the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and Community Corrections. 
 
Other examples of notification include: 
  
           Community/neighborhood meetings 
            Distribution of flyers door-to-door (i.e., schools, daycare centers, etc.)
            Newspaper articles and ads
            Internet notices 
            Posting offender residences 
 
To find out your area’s policy regarding community notification, you can contact your local Police Department, County Sheriff’s office, State Police office or Community Corrections department.
 
Is community notification made on all sex offenders?
No.  Notification is made only on those persons deemed predatory by the Oregon State Police, the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and Community Corrections.  Notification may be made for sex offenders off of supervision by local law enforcement.  For persons on supervision, notification may be made by their supervising agency.
  


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