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  • What is a "Tier"?
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  • A Tier is a level in which a Sex Offender is categorized based on his/her sex offense.
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  • What is Tier 1 and Offenses Related?
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  • 5.3.1 TIER 1 OFFENSES. A. Sex Offenses. A “Tier 1” offense includes any sex offense for which a person has been convicted, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense, that is not a “Tier 2” or “Tier 3” offense. B. Offenses Involving Minors. A “Tier 1” offense also includes any offense for which a person has been convicted by any jurisdiction, local government, or qualifying foreign country pursuant to Section 2.02(C) that involves the false imprisonment of a minor, video voyeurism of a minor, or possession or receipt of child pornography. More in Hopi Sex Offender Registration Code.
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  • What is Tier 2 and Offenses Related?
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  • A. Recidivism and Felonies. Unless otherwise covered by Section 5.3.3, any sex offense that is not the first sex offense for which a person has been convicted and that is punishable by more than one year in jail is considered a “Tier 2” offense. B. Offenses Involving Minors. A “Tier 2” offense includes any sex offense against a minor for which a person has been convicted, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense, that involves: 1. The use of minors in prostitution, including solicitations, 2. Enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, HOPI SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION CODE PAGE 10 OF 21 3. A non-forcible Sexual Act with a minor 16 or 17 years old, 4. Sexual contact with a minor 13 years of age or older, whether directly or indirectly through the clothing, that involves the intimate parts of the body, 5. The use of a minor in a sexual performance, or 6. The production or distribution of child pornography. READ MORE IN HOPI SEX OFFENDER CODE
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  • What is Tier 3 and Offenses Related?
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  • 5.3.3 TIER 3 OFFENSES. A. Recidivism and Felonies. Any sex offense that is punishable by more than one year in jail where the offender has at least one prior conviction for a Tier 2 sex offense, or has previously become a Tier 2 sex offender, is a “Tier 3” offense. B. General Offenses. A “Tier 3” offense includes any sex offense for which a person has been convicted, or an attempt or conspiracy to commit such an offense, that involves: 1. Non-parental kidnapping of a minor, 2. A sexual act with another by force or threat, 3. A sexual act with another who has been rendered unconscious or involuntarily drugged, or who is otherwise incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct or declining to participate, or 4. Sexual contact with a minor 12 years of age or younger, including offenses that cover sexual touching of or contact with the intimate parts of the body, either directly or through the clothing. READ HOPI SEX OFFENDER CODE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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  • How often must a registered sex offender appear in person to update his or her registration information?
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  • A sex offender must appear in person, allow the jurisdiction to take a current photograph, and verify the information in each registry in which that sex offender is required to be registered not less frequently than: Annually for a tier I sex offender, Every six months for a tier II sex offender, and Every three months for a tier III sex offender. Sex offenders must carry out this schedule of personal appearances in all jurisdictions where they reside, are employed and attend school.
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  • What are the requirements for keeping registry information current?
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  • A sex offender must, not later than three business days after each change of name, residence, employment, or student status, appear in person in at least one jurisdiction in which the sex offender is required to register and inform that jurisdiction of all changes in the information required for that sex offender in the sex offender registry. This information must immediately be provided to all other jurisdictions in which the sex offender is required to register. Jurisdictions must also require a sex offender to provide notice if he or she is leaving the jurisdiction prior to the move; the sex offender must provide information about the jurisdiction to which he or she is going.
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  • What is the minimum required duration of registration?
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  • SORNA specifies the minimum required duration of sex offender registration for tier I sex offenders to be 15 years, for tier II sex offenders to be 25 years, and for tier III sex offenders to register for life. The registration period begins to run upon release from custody for a sex offender sentenced to incarceration for the registration offense, or in the case of non-incarcerated sex offenders, at the time of sentencing for the sex offense.
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  • Are certain classes of sex offenders allowed to reduce the time of their registration requirement?
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  • SORNA allows jurisdictions to reduce the registration period for a tier I sex offender by 5 years after the sex offender maintains a clean record for 10 years and to terminate registration for a sex offenders who is required to register under SORNA based on juvenile delinquency adjudication after the sex offender maintains a clean record for 25 years. Achieving a clean record means the sex offender must fulfill the following requirements: Not be convicted of any offense for which imprisonment for more than one year may be imposed, Not be convicted of any sex offense regardless of the penalty, Successfully complete any periods of supervised release, probation, and parole, and Successfully complete an appropriate sex offender treatment program certified by a jurisdiction or by the Attorney General.
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  • What is the federal penalty for failure to register?
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  • Under 18 U.S.C. §2250, the federal failure-to-register offense, a federal criminal penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment exists for sex offenders required to register under SORNA who knowingly fail to register or update a registration as required where circumstances supporting federal jurisdiction exist, such as interstate or international travel or travel on or off an Indian reservation by a sex offender, or conviction of a federal sex offense for which registration is required.
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  • Can a non-federally convicted sex offender be prosecuted in the federal system for failure to register?
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  • Yes. If a sex offender convicted or adjudicated delinquent in a jurisdiction’s court is required to register under SORNA, and knowingly fails to register or update a registration as required, and the sex offender engages in interstate or international travel or enter or leaves or resides in Indian country, then the offender can be prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. §2250, the federal failure-to-register offense.
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  • Why do I have to enter an alphanumeric code before I can perform a search?
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  • The program that generates and authorizes the alphanumeric code is called a CAPTCHA, which stands for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” The CAPTCHA is used to protect the availability of the Website and to preserve the integrity of the information available through the site.
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  • How do I sign up to receive e-mail notifications when a sex offender registers a new address that is near me?
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  • To register for e-mail notifications, first go to the “Community Notifications” tab. Next, enter your e-mail address and the appropriate information about the address in the Register for Community Notifications section of the page. Next, select whether you would like to be notified about sex offender addresses within a 1-, 2-, or 3-mile radius of your address or within the same zip code. Next, check the “I Agree” box to agree to the terms and conditions of the community notification system. Next, click the “Register” button. You should then receive a validation e-mail message that requires you to click the link in the message to complete your registration.
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  • How do I search for sex offenders who are registered by different registration jurisdictions?
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  • The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) provides the ability to search for registered sex offenders nationwide. To access the Website, go to www.nsopw.gov.
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  • How do I search for a particular registered sex offender if I do not know how to spell his or her name?
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  • The Name Search feature of the Website uses “begins with” search logic that returns all registered sex offenders with a first and/or last name or an alias that begins with the criteria you are searching. For example, if you conduct a search for first name “Jo” and last name “Sm”, the search results will include registered sex offenders that have the first name John, Jordan, Joseph, etc. with a last name like Smith, Smalls, Smart, etc. To ensure that you get the most accurate results, conduct a name search with the first two or three letters in the first and/or last name and then narrow your search by adding more letters if the search results are too numerous.
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  • How do I search for registered sex offenders who live, work, or attend school near an address of interest to me?
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  • This Website provides you with a way to search for registered sex offenders by a geographic radius around a particular address, by city, by zip code, and by county. To perform one of these searches, go to the “Geographical Search” tab, enter the information that is appropriate for the type of search you want to perform, select the search type, and click the “Search” button.
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  • How do I contact the registry if I have a question or if I have information that may be helpful?
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  • The registry staff can be contacted two different ways. The first is to click the “Contact Us” tab, fill out the form, and click the “Submit” button. The second is to click the “Submit a Tip” link while viewing a registered sex offender’s details. When a tip is submitted, information about the offender will automatically be included in the message so the registry staff knows which offender corresponds with the tip.
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