In accordance with 19VACevery person required to register shall submit to be photographed by a local law-enforcement agency every two years commencing with the date of initial registration. Photographs shall be in color, be taken with the registrant facing the camera, and clearly show the registrant's face and shoulders only. No person other than the registrant may appear in the photograph submitted.
Those who take chances on soliciting sexual activity in chat rooms and through other means can get caught up in sex with a minor, or easily be duped into a situation involving a police officer posing as a minor through a contrived online identity. There are risks everywhere. Bad judgment often blurs lines that one may not otherwise want to cross, leading to an unimagined world of problems.
People convicted of sex offenses in both West Virginia and Ohio are required by law to have their names, pictures and other personal information listed on state registries. In both states, members of the public concerned about whether sex offenders live near them can check the registries online. The vast majority of those convicted of sex offenses comply with requirements that they register and, should they move, update their addresses with the authorities.
SORNA requires sex offenders to register and keep their registration current in each jurisdiction in which they reside, are employed, or attend school. A sex offender must also initially register in the jurisdiction in which convicted if it is different from the jurisdiction of residence. Back to Top. Jurisdictions must register incarcerated sex offenders before their release from imprisonment for the registration offense or, in case of a non-imprisonment sentence, within three business days of sentencing for the registration offense.
Allegations of sexual offenses should be taken seriously. The offenses are heavily prosecuted and the penalties often are harsh and life changing. Consequences could include jail time, fines and the requirement to register for life as a sex offender, which could have severe repercussions.
If you understand and agree to the terms, please click accept to access the website. While all attempts are made to provide complete and accurate information, the West Virginia State Police does not guarantee the accuracy of the information made available to the public via the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry Website. The information released through this site is as complete as has been currently verified and processed by registry personnel.
Registration: Less serious non-violent adult, youthful, offender, or juvenile offenses may petition the sentencing court for relief at or after sentencing, if: 1 offense did not involve force and was only a crime due to age of the victim; and 2 at the time of offense, victim was 13 years or older and the defendant was less than five years older than the victim. Employment: Less serious offenders may petition county court for relief from employment restrictions e. Restrictions may be reinstated for good cause.
It is not the intent of the Legislature that the information be used to inflict retribution or additional punishment on any person convicted of any offense requiring registration under this article. This article is intended to be regulatory in nature and not penal. Any person having a duty to register for a qualifying offense shall register upon conviction, unless that person is confined or incarcerated, in which case he or she shall register within three business days of release, transfer, or other change in disposition status. Any person currently registered who is incarcerated for any offense shall re-register within three business days of his or her release.
The law protects residents of the state by giving them access to information on registered sex offenders in West Virginia. Convicted sex offenders in West Virginia must register with the local police in their county upon release from jail, parole or probation. The state police notify residents whenever a sex offender moves into their neighborhood.
Until such time as a multijudicial circuit probation officer is available, the offender shall be supervised by the probation office of the sentencing court or of the circuit in which he or she resides. Within ninety days of the effective date of this section as amended and reenacted during the first extraordinary session of the Legislature,the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources shall propose rules and emergency rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code establishing qualifications for sex offender treatment programs and counselors based on accepted treatment protocols among licensed mental health professionals. Said fee may be modified periodically based upon the defendant's ability to pay.