Lifestyles of the Sick and Famous—Celebrity Sex Offenders

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Celebrity Sex Offenders Put Into Context by DoNotPay

Celebrity sex scandals are the stuff of journalists’ dreams.

The exposure of a household name as a sex offender may be a double-edged sword, though. While celebrities may grab the week’s headlines if convicted of a sex crime, our fascination with their story may make us forget that they are criminals and deserve punishment.

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Who Are the Most Famous Sex Offenders?

Recent years have seen the rise of the Me Too movement and the exposure of many celebrities as serial sex offenders.

The phenomenon is not new, though—examples of well-known personalities who have committed sex crimes have been common for decades.

Some of the less recent celeb sex offenders are:

  1. Bill Cosby—Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted of aggravated sexual assault in 2018 and sentenced to between three and ten years in jail plus a substantial fine
  2. Mike Tyson—Mike Tyson’s boxing career derailed when he was convicted of the rape of a beauty pageant contestant in 1992. He served three years of his six-year sentence before being released on parole
  3. Jeffrey Jones—Famous for acting roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Beetlejuice, Jones was convicted of soliciting a minor for sexual acts in 2002 and sentenced to five years’ probation
  4. Lawrence Taylor—In 2011, N.Y. Giants linebacker Taylor was convicted of having sex with a minor and sentenced to six years’ probation
  5. Richard Finch—Richard Finch, one of the founder members of KC and the Sunshine Band, pleaded guilty in 2010 to having had sexual contact with an underage male and received a sentence of seven years in prison

What all these—and many other—celebrities have in common is that they are all on their respective state’s sex offender registry.

How Does the Sex Offender Registry Work?

Anybody convicted of a sex offense in the U.S. must register themselves as sex offenders.

While there are slight variations in the way each state’s registry works, most of them classify sex offenders in three tiers according to the severity of their crimes:

Sex Offense ClassificationExplanation
Tier or level ITier I crimes are usually non-violent and non-penetrative, such as:
  • Public indecency
  • Possession of illegal pornography
  • Unwanted sexual contact with an adult
Tier or level IICrimes classified as tier II involve pubescent minors or the production and distribution of illegal pornography
Tier or level IIIThe most serious sex offenses are classified tier III and involve violence or pre-pubescent minors. Tier III crimes can include:
  • Rape
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Child trafficking for sexual purposes
  • Kidnapping for sexual purposes

Convicted offenders must remain on the registry for the following periods in most states:

  • Tier I—15 years
  • Tier II—25 years
  • Tier III—until death

What Restrictions Do Registered Celebrities Face?

Similar to any other sex offender, celebrities convicted of sex crimes face several limitations on their lives as a result of being on the registry. The most important restrictions are:

  1. Travel—Many celebrities find themselves unable to travel interstate or internationally without permission from their local law enforcement authorities
  2. Residence—Many states impose regulations on where convicted sex offenders can live, stipulating that they must be a minimum distance away from any area where children congregate
  3. Employment—As convicted sex offenders, many celebrities are forbidden from working with children or entering buildings where children are likely to be
  4. Social media presence—Some states prohibit sex offenders from maintaining their social media presence, and some platforms—notably Facebook—ban sex offenders outright

All these factors can have a significant impact on the life—and livelihood—of a celebrity sex offender.

In having to adhere to the rules of registration, they are treated the same as their not-so-famous sex offender counterparts.

Should You Be Scared of Celebrity Sex Offenders?

Celebrity sex offenders achieve instant notoriety and generally pose no threat to the general public after they have been convicted. Media scrutiny ensures that their whereabouts are mapped diligently, and hiding by remaining unregistered is not an option.

Non-celebrity sex offenders are a different matter, though. They can lead lives of relative anonymity in the same building as your family and may re-offend at any time.

Under the terms of the 1996 Megan’s Law, sex offender registries are openly accessible to the public, and the best way to ensure your safety could be to search your local registry.

Most state registries allow you to perform a search for:

  • Sex offenders within a radius around your house
  • Specific names across the country

While this is an excellent way to check your safety today, it doesn’t help you know when things change—a sex offender could move into your building overnight, and you may not find out about it for months.

DoNotPay has the answer! With our help, you can —you can even sign up for weekly updates to keep you in the loop!

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Our Sex Offender Search product is the best way to ensure you and your family can keep well away from sex offenders wherever they are.

To use our feature, all you need to do is:

  1. in your web browser
  2. Click on our Sex Offender Search feature
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    1. A particular person
    2. Sex offenders in your vicinity

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Can DoNotPay Help With State-Specific Information?

If you’re looking for specific details about the sex offender registry in your state, look no further than DoNotPay—here are a few examples of states we can help you with:

IllinoisOhioNorth Carolina
WisconsinNew YorkMaryland

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