What Crimes Require Sex Offender Registration?

In addition to prison time and fines, those who are convicted of sex crimes in Ohio are typically subject to sex offender registration. In 2017, there are approximately 20,000 people on the sexual registry in the state.

There are three tiers of classification for sex offenders. The most serious sex crimes are classified under “Tier 3” registration, punishable by a lifetime registry every 90 days. The lowest classification is “Tier 3” registration, which requires an annual resignation for 15 years. In some circumstances, however, registration can be shortened to 10 years.

The following are the three tiers of sex offender classifications in Ohio:

  1. Tier 3 – Lifetime registration every 90 days
    1. Rape
    2. Sexual battery
    3. Murder and aggravated homicide with sexual motivation
    4. Kidnapping of minor to engage in sexual activity
    5. Kidnapping of minor, but not by parent
    6. Unlawful death or termination upon committing or attempting to commit a felony with sexual motivation
    7. Felony assault with sexual motivation
    8. Any sex crime which occurs after the offender is classified as a Tier 2 or Tier 3 offender
  2. Tier 2 – Registration every 180 days for 25 years
    1. Pandering obscenity involving a minor
    2. Pandering sexually oriented material
    3. Illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance when offender is at least four years older, or when the offender is less than four years older and has a prior conviction
    4. Compelling prostitution
    5. Child endangering
    6. Gross sexual imposition when victim under 13
    7. Kidnapping with a sexual motivation when victim over 18
    8. Abduction with sexual motivation
    9. Any sexual offense which occurs after the offender has been classified as a Tier 1 offender
  3. Tier 1 – Registration once a year for 15 years
    1. Unlawful, non-consensual sexual conduct with a minor and the offender is less than four years older than the victim
    2. Sexual and gross sexual imposition
    3. Importuning
    4. Voyeurism
    5. Pandering obscenity
    6. Child enticement with sexual motivation
    7. Illegal use of minor in nudity-orient material or performance
    8. Menacing by stalking with sexual motivation
    9. Unlawful restraint with sexual motivation
    10. Child-victim offender not in Tier 2 or Tier 3

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