Kentucky Sex Offender Laws Clarified
Kentucky may categorize sex offenders’ crimes differently from many other states, but the result is the same.
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Whereas federal law requires the classification of sex offenses in three tiers, Kentucky favors a two-step categorization system, meaning that some offenses are classified differently to other states.
The most serious sex crimes are defined in Kentucky as follows:
|Rape or sodomy
|First degree||Penetration of someone who can’t consent due to:
||Between ten and 20 years, unless the victim is injured or under 12, in which case the maximum sentence is 50 years or life imprisonment|
|Second degree||Intercourse by a perpetrator aged 18 or over with a victim younger than 14 or mentally incapacitated||Between five and ten years imprisonment|
|Third degree||Intercourse in which the victim must be younger than 16 and the criminal older than 21||Between one and five years of incarceration|
|First degree||Non-penetrative sexual contact with someone who is under 12, or 16 when the perpetrator is 21 or older||1–5 years in jail|
|Second degree||The perpetrator must be between 18 and 21 and forces a victim of 16 or younger into sexual contact||Up to 12 months in prison or a $500 fine|
|Third degree||Any uninvited or non-consensual sexual contact||Up to six months imprisonment|
|Sexual misconduct||Engaging in sexual contact without the victim’s consent||Up to three months incarceration|
Within Kentucky, this system of classification works effectively, but it can be difficult to blend into the federal tier system. Most tier or level III offenses are classified as first or second-degree cases in Kentucky.
Most states use the three-tier system to impose 15, 25, and lifetime registration requirements on sex offenders. Kentucky’s sex offender registry works slightly differently.
Kentucky sex offenders rules and regulations allow for only two registration timeframes—20 years and lifelong. The result is that some crimes that would require lifetime registration in other states only merit 20 years in Kentucky. The most notable of these are:
- Second- and third-degree rape or sodomy
- First-degree sexual abuse
Under Kentucky registration law, sex offenders must place the following information on the state registry:
- Name, aliases, and social media handles
- Physical description
- Home address
- Offenses committed
- Registration period
All registrants must update their details at least once a year and inform authorities of any address changes immediately. Failure to register or update the registry information is classed as a misdemeanor and then as a felony after the second infringement.
Depending on the level of their offense, convicted sex criminals in Kentucky are subject to the following sanctions:
Registered sex offenders are barred from performing any jobs that would bring them into contact with children.
Recent changes in Kentucky employment law allow employers to hire convicted criminals who have committed other crimes, but sex offenders remain taboo.
Kentucky sex offenders are not allowed to live within 1,000 feet of any facility where children congregate, such as:
- Sports facilities
- Daycare centers
- School bus stops
If a new facility opens within this distance, sex offenders are responsible for finding out about it and moving within 90 days.
Convicted sex offenders have to notify authorities of any intention to travel outside Kentucky or the U.S.
They need to provide full details of their travel arrangement, including:
- Travel dates
- Passport details
- All destinations
- Contact details at their destinations
Kentucky authorities normally require 21 days’ notice to issue travel permits to sex offenders.
Kentucky sex criminals are not prohibited from using social media, but they may not use it to gather information about minors if their crime involved underage sex or sexual contact.
If you are worried about living near a sex offender or think that a criminal you know could be in your area, you can search the Kentucky sex offender registry.
Under Megan’s Law, all sex offender information is in the public domain, so you are free to search for:
- Registered criminals in a radius around your house
- Specific names of sex offenders
You can then download the information and use it to inform your family and neighbors, as long as you don’t attempt to harass or intimidate any of the criminals you find.
The danger is, though, that you could miss a sex criminal moving to your area—a one-off search only gives you a snapshot of the current status.
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Our Sex Offender Search feature is designed to give you peace of mind—you can use it to check the safety of your neighborhood, search for a sex offender by name, and receive weekly updates to make sure you stay abreast of any changes.
Here’s what you need to do to use the feature:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Sex Offender Search feature
- Choose whether you want to search for:
- A particular person
- Sex offenders in your vicinity
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