Sex Offender Search

What is a Registered Sex Offender?

The basic definition of a sex offender is someone who has committed a sex crime. However, the term sex crime varies widely by jurisdiction. Some sex offenders have not done anything sexual but have committed an offense that is categorized by sexual nature, and therefore they are labeled a sex offender.

The sex offender registry is a government or department of justice list to keep track of sex offenders. Anyone convicted of a sex crime is legally required to register with the state and provide his or her current home address. This transparency is so that the public can be made aware of whether or not a sex offender lives near them or where their children go to school.

Typically there are a few types of sex offenders, child molesters and pedophiles, rapists, incest offenders, exhibitionists, and voyeurs. Within each category are varying degrees of danger and different crimes that earn them these classifications.

Along with being on the registry, each sex offender is given a risk level classification and a time period that they have to stay on the registry. This length of time is called their designation, and some must stay on it for life. The risk levels assigned to each sex offender are:

Level 1 - low risk of repeat offense.

Level 2 - moderate risk of repeat offense.

Level 3 - high risk of repeat offense and a danger to the public.

It is very easy for the public to look up someone listed on the sex offender registry. You can contact your state department of justice, and there is usually a link where you can search there, or you can use a search portal and find anyone listed on the sex offender registry in your area.

Risk Level, Designation and Duration of Registration

Risk Level Designation Received? (Sexual predator, sexually violent offender or predicate sex offender) Duration of Registration
1 No Designation 20 Years
2 No Designation Life
3 No Designation Life
4 Yes, Designation Received Life
5 Yes, Designation Received Life
6 Yes, Designation Received Life

Registered Sex Offenders in United States: Statistics and Facts

  • According to our data the total number of registered sexual offenders across the U.S. is 550,394 from which 96.48% are male sex offenders and only 3.52% are females.
  • Ohio has the greatest number of sexual offenders of any states, with Michigan and Indiana coming afterwards.
  • The state with the lowest number of sex offenders is Hawaii, followed by New Hampshire and Delaware.
  • In 2016, there have been 168.97 cases per 100,000 residents in the U.S. with Wyoming being the state with the most reported rape cases - 1,385.6 per 100.000 population. The safest place to live in terms of a sexual violence is Hawaii with 3.01 reported rapes.

Sex Offender Registry Heat Map


Sexual Abuse in the Military

Sexual abuse is a growing problem in the military and rarely talked about or reported due to serious repercussions. Rapes occur within all branches of the military about equal and average 4.5% of the total reported incidents. Even more incidents are suspected but are never reported to authorities.

Women are most often the victims, accounting for 81% and males only a small percentage with 18%. 42% of victims who are subject to sex crimes in the military are between the ages of 20-24 years old.

Unfortunately, just based on the reported figures, incidents of sex offenses in the military are going up every single year. The process for investigation and punishment needs some work before things are resolved so that soldiers are safe from attack while on the job protecting our country from terrorists and other threats.

Restricted and Unrestricted Reports of Rape in the U.S. Army


Sexual Assault by Type of Service

Service FY07 FY08 FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17
Overall DoD 1.6 1.7 1.9 1.8 1.9 2.1 3.3 3.9 4.0 4.1 4.5
Army 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.4 2.5 2.3 3.5 4.2 4.2 4.4 4.7
Navy 1.0 1.2 1.6 1.6 1.6 2.1 3.2 3.6 3.8 4.1 4.5
Marine Corps 0.9 0.8 1.3 1.1 1.3 1.7 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.1 4.8
Air Force 1.4 1.5 1.4 1.6 1.6 2.0 2.9 3.7 3.7 3.7 4.0

Victims and Subjects by Gender

Gender Victims Subjects
Male 832 18% 3,512 78%
Female 3,744 81% 146 3%
Gender Unknown/Data Not Available 30 1% 833 19%
Total 4,606 100% 4,491 100%

The Age of the U.S. Army Sex Offender Victims & Subjects of Unrestricted Reports

Age Victims Subjects
0-15 66 1% 172 4%
16-19 1,083 24% 349 8%
20-24 1,966 43% 1,512 34%
25-34 869 19% 1,086 24%
35-49 205 4% 461 10%
50 and older 51 1% 179 4%
Age Unknown/Data Not Available 366 8% 732 16%
Total 4,606 100% 4,491 100%

Sexual Abuse of Minors by Pastors in the United States

One of the most disturbing problems with sex offenders in the U.S. is the abuse of children, especially when perpetrated by icons of religious groups. Roughly 4-6% of priests and other religious figures surveyed over the past sixty years have had allegations brought against them of sexual abuse of minors.

27% of females and 16% of males reported abuse from a local priest. However, 43% of males are less likely to report incidents and 33% of females, so the actual figures are probably much higher. Of the total, only 5.7 % were reported to the police.

Sex crimes against children taking place within the church peaked in 1992 with 149,800 incidents reported and has then declined since. The highest age group where the abuse took place was 11-14 years old. More than 50% of the incidents were part of that age group.

Shockingly the largest group of offenders (40%), were 75 or older. With 30% being 50-75 years old. Far less abuse takes place among younger priests and pastors.

Many studies have been done on the subject of religious leaders sexually abusing children, and 17.2% victims reported that their siblings were also abused. From 1950 until 2002, 10,667 people had come forth and accused priests and pastors of sexual abuse when they were children.

38.4% of victims claim the abuse lasted only a year, with 21.8% said it continued for 1-2 years. A whopping 28% reported that the abuse lasted from 2-4 years.

Priests and Accusers: Facts and Statistics

% of priests by categories


% victims by age groups


% priests by age groups


Sexual Violence By Sexual Orientation and Victimization Statistics

Sexual violence affects all Americans, but specifically in the LGBTQ community, there is much more of fear about reporting incidents and how they are perceived and handled.

43.8% of lesbians report that an intimate partner has sexually victimized them during their lifetime. Only 35% of heterosexual women said the same. Among gay men, the figure was 26% had been victims of sexual crimes from a partner.

Staggeringly, an intimate partner at some point in their lives has raped 1 out of every five bisexual women and 1 of every ten heterosexual women. More than 40% of bisexual women have experienced different forms of sexual abuse other than rape. Studies have shown that bisexual women suffer far more abuse and sexual violence than heterosexual women over the course of their lives.

Along with the direct sexual abuse, many experience other forms of violence from partners such as pushing, hitting, kicking, burning, slapping, and choking along with verbal abuse as well. Roughly 36% of bisexual or lesbians and 30% of heterosexual women have reported these types of abuse along with sexual offenses.

According to the facts, violence whether sexual or not is most often perpetrated by an intimate partner or close associate.

Violence by an Intimate Partner

Offenders by Sexual Orientation

Violence by an Intimate Partner for Men

The lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner was:


The lifetime prevalence of severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with fist or something hard, slammed against something, or beaten) was:

Violence by an Intimate Partner for Women

The lifetime prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner was:


The lifetime prevalence of severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with fist or something hard, slammed against something, or beaten) was:


Victims by Sexual Orientation

Victims of Male offenders by sexual orientation
Victims of Female Offenders by sexual orientation