Could a sex offender be living in your neighborhood?
There are four levels of sex offenders under Arkansas law.
The levels represent the likelihood the offender will re-offend, with 1 being the least likely to re-offend and 4 being a sexually violent predator.
Sex Offenders in risk level of 1, 2, or 3 are required to re-register at the sheriff's office every 6 months. The levels are Arkansas specific, and if a sex offender moves to Arkansas from another state, they must be evaluated in Arkansas. 1, 2004 ACIC created a section on their web site to display information, including pictures, of registered sex offenders that have been T assessed at level three and level four. In addition, level 2 sex offenders will be listed if the sex offender was 18 years of age or older and the victim was age 14 or under when the crime was committed.
Law Enforcement is not allowed to notify the public UNTIL a risk level has been assigned by the state of Arkansas. A level 3 or 4 sex offender cannot live within 2,000 feet of a school, daycare or public park.
In 1994, Governor Christine Todd Whitman signed "Megan's Law" requiring convicted sex offenders to register with local police. Offenses requiring registration include felony sexual assault (regardless of the age of the victim); an offense involving sexual abuse or exploitation of minors; or sexual abuse of wards, patients, or clients.
This includes those on probation or parole or anyone else serving any other form of community supervision.
Juveniles are required to register in Arkansas when ordered by the court.
In addition, any person who was acquitted on the grounds of mental disease or defect, out-of-state offenders who were required to register in their own state and offenders who are registered in another state and work or attend school in Arkansas are also required to register.
In Arkansas, if a sex offender lives in area prior to a school, daycare or public park being opened, they do not have to relocate if one is opened.