To make it simple for parents across the state to protect their kids from dangers that may lurk in their neighborhoods or nearby, the GBI offers a searchable sex offender database on its website. That database contains the names, offenses and last known addresses of the state’s registered sexual offenders and predators.
The sexual offender records are entered on the registry by the Department of Corrections and State Board of Pardons and Paroles. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation enters the sexual offender records for the sexual offenders who relocate to Georgia from another state.
Sheriffs are responsible for updating all information provided by the sexual offender within two business days. The Sexual Offender Registry is updated daily with all record changes.
A sexual offender remains on the registry generally for life unless removed by order of a court or other legal means.
The GBI notes that it serves as the central “repository” for the state’s Violent Sexual Offender Registry. However, readers should note the GBI makes every effort to ensure that the information online and provided below is “accurate.”
“As the information is provided by other agencies and entities and is continuously changing, the GBI makes no promise or any express or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information,” the state said.
You can learn more about the statewide registry by clicking here.
As you investigate, keep in mind that the information the state database should be used for informative and safety purposes only. The GBI notes that the misuse of these details to threaten, harass or intimidate someone could lead to criminal charges.
Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries play a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress that most perpetrators are known to the child.
The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees the National Sex Offender Public Website, estimates that only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
The Justice Department estimates 60 percent of perpetrators are known to the child but are not family members but rather family friends, babysitters, child care providers and others, and 30 percent of child victims are abused by family members. Nearly a quarter of the abusers are under the age of 18, the department estimates.
The Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers, a nonprofit organization for clinicians, researchers, educators, law enforcement and court officials involved in sexual abuse cases, cautions that children do not face a heightened risk during the Halloween season: “There is no change in the rate of sexual crimes by non-family members during Halloween. That was true both before and after communities enacted laws to restrict the activities of registrants during Halloween. The crimes that do increase around Halloween are vandalism and property destruction, as well as theft, assault, and burglary.”