MapSexOffenders.com is a technology and web development company located in Orem, Utah. It offers an informative, user-friendly, and interactive online platform where the general public can access a handy database of sex offenders in their locality.
The website serves as a sex offender registry, which is in a map format, for easy viewing and navigation. Here, any member of the public can trace a registered sex offender, then zoom in on their name to access the link to their additional personal and administrative information. Further, this map has external links to state or county sex offender registries, providing an even more detailed search for the offender.
Currently, the MapSexOffenders.com covers 45 out of these 50 states. These are as follows: -
District of Columbia
This map is by far the highest coverage nationwide than any other website offering similar services. For, some states still restrict third party websites from accessing their sex offender registries, while other regions use technology that is incompatible to the MapSexOffenders.com database system.
Still, the website aims at providing parents, guardians, teachers, law enforcement, or any other member of the community the necessary sex offender information in all the 50 states in the United States. In turn, the adult community can be on the lookout for any suspicious activities by sex offenders living amongst them, hence, promoting safety in their neighborhoods.
The Megan’s Law and The Establishment of Sex Offenders Registries
In July 1994, the late Megan Nicole Kanka became a sex abuse victim after being raped, beaten, and strangled by Jesse Timmendequas, a known sex offender. The victim’s family was oblivious of Jesse living across the street from their home. It is after this tragic death that in 1996, former US President Bill Clinton signed legislation that enacted the “Megan’s Law”. This new law required that every state compile a sex offender registry and avail it to the public as part of its state records. They are to alert citizens every time a sex offender relocates to their neighborhood. Further, it required every convicted sex offender to be compliant to the law by seeking re-registration annually, or every time they change their residence.
The Megan’s Law aims at:
Providing necessary sex offender information during an ongoing investigation
Providing the basis for a law enforcement officer to hold a sex offender
Deterring a convicted sex offender from engaging in similar crimes in future
Equipping the public with verified information that will help them protect their children from becoming sex abuse victims
Filling the Gap for Missing Information
When an individual is registered as a sex offender, members of the public have a right to know their personal information, including where they live. For this reason, Megan’s Law resulted in the enactment of the national sex offender registration in 1994. It makes it mandatory for all states in the United States to maintain a database of anyone convicted as a sex offender within their jurisdiction. These registries are created based on the following assumptions: -
That any past sex offender has a high likelihood of reoffending in the future
That the sex offender registry will deter the offender from engaging in further sexual offenses, hence reducing recidivism
Still, not all of these states have their sex offenders’ registries as an online database easily accessible for public scrutiny. MapSexOffenders.com seeks to fill this gap. It compiles this public information into a straightforward map, detailing the type of sexual offense, severity, and place each of the sex offender in their current locality. In turn, here is a snapshot of persons who benefit from the sex offenders map at MapSexOffenders.com: -
It facilitates the search for missing persons by parents, guardians, and law enforcers
It helps parents with kids to know who to be on the lookout for when they send out their children to school, the mall, or public park
It helps prospective homebuyers make an informed decision before investing in property in any neighborhood
It helps in pinpointing any sex offender living near areas frequented by children, in contravention of the current laws on residency restrictions for registered sex offenders
How It Works
If you know your street address, you can use it on MapSexOffenders.com to map out the sex offenders that live near you. To do so: - Step 1: Log on to the MapSexOffenders.com website. Step 2: Click on the “By Name” tab. Step 3: Enter the First Name, Last Name, Street, City, State, or Zip Code, then click “Submit”. Step 4: A Google map of the neighborhood will pop up, with red flags showing the current residence of sex offenders in that area. Step 5: Click on the flag for a link to the sex offender’s name, address, mugshot, nature, and severity of the sexual offense.
Using the MapSexOffenders.com website is an awareness initiative that is only a first step in keeping children and vulnerable persons safe from sexual abuse. And, the majority of sexual offenses go unreported. Hence, there could be a higher number of sex offenders living amongst the public than what is reported. Then, parents and guardians should educate the children on ways of spotting, avoiding, and reporting sexual offenses. Such precautionary measures include: -
Educating the community on what constitutes statutory rape, sexual assault, and sexual harassment
Learning how to report any suspected child abuse or child pornography incidences
Teaching kids on best online safety habits
How counselors and guardians can respond to child sexual abuse incidences
How parents can maintain privacy when with kids
Tips for children for self-protection
Sex Offenders Alerts
MapSexOffenders.com has an alerting system that helps the public know about the movements of convicted sex offenders in their neighborhoods. Unlike other mapping services, these alerts are available subject to an optional contribution of $18 per year.
This website is provided as a public service by Orbizon, Inc. Using this website, interested members of the public have access to information about offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and/or children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The public can use this website to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities. Information from the various state websites is not hosted by Orbizon, and Orbizon has neither responsibility for nor control over the information available for public inspection or search from individual state websites that are accessible through this website. Orbizon does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of the information contained in state websites regarding specific offenders or with respect to the omission of information about other offenders who may be residing, working, or attending school in the vicinity of any location that is the subject of any search using this website. In this regard, Orbizon accepts no responsibility or liability for damages of any kind resulting from reliance on this information or lack thereof. It is possible that information accessed or obtained through this website may not reflect current residences, employment, school attendance, or other information regarding such individuals, and users are forewarned that it is incumbent upon them to verify information. Any user seeking more information or verification should communicate with the responsible state agency and/or the local law enforcement agency where the offender resides, works, or attends school, as appropriate. Any individual who believes that information contained in a state website is not accurate should communicate with the state agency responsible for compiling and updating the information with respect to that state website. Any person who uses information contained in or accessed through this Website to threaten, intimidate, or harass any individual, including registrants or family members, or who otherwise misuses this information, may be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability under federal and/or state law. Users are cautioned that each state has their own information collection and privacy/confidentiality policies, as well as policies/disclaimers/terms and conditions for access to information contained in state sex offender websites that they may wish to review. (Review individual state conditions of use) By using this website, the user-- (1) consents to, and agrees to abide by and be subject to, any and all policies/disclaimers/terms and conditions for access applicable to any state sex-offender website that the user accesses through the use of this website; and (2) waives any and all rights that the user may or might have against Orbizon or the States, or any of their officials, employees, or contractors, arising out of use of and/or reliance on this website. Individual State Conditions of Use: Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska New York North Dakota Ohio Rhode Island Tennessee Texas South Carolina Virginia Washington West Virginia Wyoming