What You Need to Know About Kansas Sex Offender Registration
A conviction for a Kansas sex offense comes with many harsh consequences. Significant time in prison is certainly one of them. But long after you’ve served your sentence, the stigma and burdens of being a sex offender will follow you for decades to come and maybe for the rest of your life. You will need to register as a sex offender under the Kansas Offender Registration Act, which imposes significant reporting obligations and limitations on your rights. And anyone with access to the internet – neighbors, colleagues, potential employers – will know you are a convicted sex offender.
Here are some of the basics of Kansas sex offender registration.
Sex Crimes Requiring Registration
A wide range of sex offenses require registration. How long you will be under the obligations and limitations imposed on sex offenders will depend on what sex crime you were convicted of:
- Adultery (one party under 18)
- Lewd and Lascivious Behavior (one party under 18)
- Patronizing a Prostitute (one party under 18)
- Sexual Battery
- Sexually Motivated Crimes
- Criminal Sodomy (one party over 16 but under 18)
- Electronic Solicitation
- Aggravated Incest
- Indecent Liberties with a Child
- Indecent Solicitation of a Child
- Promoting Prostitution (person selling sexual relations over 14 but under 18)
- Aggravated Sexual Battery
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child (victim over 14 but under 18)
- Unlawful Sexual Relations
- Commercial Sexual Exploitation of a Child
- Criminal Sodomy (victim over 14 but under 16)
- Aggravated Criminal Sodomy
- Aggravated Human Trafficking
- Aggravated Indecent Liberties with a Child
- Aggravated Indecent Solicitation of a Child
- Promoting Prostitution (person selling sexual relations under 14)
- Sexual Exploitation of a Child (victim under 14)
- Sexually Violent Predator
So long as you remain on the registry, you must comply with several reporting obligations, including:
- Registering with local law enforcement within three days of entering into any county to reside, maintain employment, or attend school.
- Registering in person at the local law enforcement agency within three days of beginning, changing or ending a residence, employment, or school and providing written notice to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
- Registering four times a year in person with local law enforcement at which time you will pay a $20 fee, be photographed, and verify or update your address, contact information, vehicle and employment information, and more.
It is a serious felony offense to breach any obligation you have to register and report as a Kansas sex offender. You could be sent back to prison if you fail to meet these requirements, regardless of whether you did so intentionally or not.
If you are facing sex crime charges and want to avoid the label and burdens of a being a registered sex offender, having an experienced and aggressive Johnson County sex crimes defense lawyer on your side is critical. Jerry Merrill invests in his clients and works tirelessly to ensure that clients receive the most favorable outcome possible.