Sex Offender

**This blog post is ONLY to teach English learners what a sex offender is and provide them with information about how they can find out if a sex offender lives in their neighborhood.

A sex offender is a person that has committed a sexual crime.

Examples of Sexual Offenses:

  • Sexual misconduct with a minor (someone under 18 years old)
  • Rape
  • Sexual assault of a spouse
  • Molestation of a child
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public sexual indecency
  • Taking a child for the purpose of prostitution
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor
  • Selling or buying of children
  • Material that sexually exploits a minor.
  • Having child pornography
  • Sharing child pornography
  • Lascivious Acts (sexual behavior that is considered crude and offensive.)
  • Lewd Acts (unlawful behavior that is of sexual nature, performed with the intention of sexually arousing a perpetrator or to who the conduct is directed at.)
  • Transporting people so they can engage in prostitution or illegal sexual activity.
  • Using the interstate to transport information about an individual under the age of 16.
  • Kidnapping, aggravated assault, murder, unlawful imprisonment, and burglary where there is evidence of sexual motivation
  • Sexual acts where force was used on the victim or the victim was under duress.
  • Sexual acts where the victim was unable to consent due to mental impairment or disability.

Many sexual offenses are in the jurisdiction of state and federal law.

A sexual offender can be a person that is over the age of 18 that has sex with a person under the age 18.

In other countries, it might be legal for a person over 18 to have sex with a person under the age 18. But, in the U.S. (in most states) it is NOT. The offender can be arrested and go to jail, then be required to register as a sex offender.


Also, Minors (Children) Can Commit Sexual Offenses Without Knowing.

If a child under 18, sends a picture that contains sexual images of themself or anyone else’s to another child under 18, that can be considered child pornography.


If a girl who is 16 sends a sexual picture or herself to a boy who is 17, that can be considered a distribution of child pornography.

If a 15-year-old boy sends a sexual picture of himself to a 15-year-old girl, that can be considered a distribution of child pornography.


Sex Offender Registry

All sex offenders must register their addresses.

There is a national sex offender registry.

You can go to and search by name and/or location to see if there are sex offenders living near you.