A sexual predator is defined as an individual who has committed a sexually violent offense and is likely to commit more sexual offenses in the future. He or she tries (successfully or otherwise) to elicit unwanted or unwarranted sexual communication and relations with others in a predatory manner.
In Georgia, a sex offender is defined as someone who has been convicted of a dangerous sexual offense or a criminal offense against a minor. Any offender from another state or territory is considered an offender in Georgia.
What is the Georgia sex offender registry?
A sex offender list is a comprehensive registry of all offenders residing in Georgia. The state updates this list bi-monthly and categorizes the information by county. The list helps authorities keep track of convicted offenders and their activities. Any member of the public can view this registry and learn about convicted offenders in their local areas. Information includes the offender’s name, address, date of conviction and nature of the crime.
Who is required to register as a sexual predator in Georgia?
Anyone who is tried and convicted as an adult of a dangerous sexual offense in Georgia is required to register on this list. Even those who have previously been convicted, served their sentence and are eligible for release or parole must stay on the registry. Nonresidents who were convicted of a sexual offense in another state must register when they move to Georgia. The only way to get off the list is to petition for removal. Individuals must complete all prison, parole, supervised release and probation and wait until at least ten years have passed.
How can I access the sex offender list for Atlanta?
The sex offender registry in Georgia is public knowledge. Anyone can access this list, search for offenders and seek information. There are currently more than 1,400 sexual offenders registered in Fulton County.
The sex offenders map reveals the total amount of predators by county, helping residents and visitors stay informed. It is issued by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, or GBI, and updated twice per month. To view the map, individuals can visit the GBI website and open the most current PDF provided on the screen.
Note: the information contained on the map may not be the most current or accurate. The list is updated on a bi-monthly basis.
Are there residency restrictions for sex offenders Georgia?
In addition to registering as a sex offender, convicted criminals must abide by certain laws that restrict their activities. A sex offender cannot move or change addresses without prior written approval by a community supervision officer. However, in regard to where sexual predators may live, there is no state law that regulates their residency. Prior to 2007, sex offenders could not live within 1,000 feet of schools, churches and other places where children congregate. The Georgia Supreme Court overruled this, stating that most of residential Georgia would be off-limits to these individuals if this law continued.
What laws are in place to protect children from sex offenders in Georgia?
Atlanta police and other city officials enforce the strictest laws for convicted sexual predators, which are in place to protect children from ever coming in contact with them. The following list explains the restrictions for sex offenders.
- Sexual predators may not contact any child younger than 18 years of age, physically or otherwise, through any means of employment or volunteer activity.
- Sexual predators cannot have any contact with people unable to give consent due to mental or emotional restrictions.
- Any sexual predator who has incidental contact with a child must remove him/herself from the situation and report the incident to the community supervision officer.
- Sex offenders cannot live with any child younger than 18 years of age, including their own children, unless authorized by a court.
- The sex offender’s employment must be approved by a community supervision officer.
- Sexual predators may not date or marry anyone who has children younger than 18 years of age unless approved in advance and in writing by the community supervision officer in consultation with the sentencing court.
- Sex offenders must reveal their criminal history.
- Sex offenders may never drive alone through parks, playgrounds, school zones or other areas where children congregate.
Will I know when a sexual predator moves into my neighborhood?
Not necessarily. Unlike some states, Georgia does not send sex offender notices to neighborhoods and residential areas. However, the state does notify certain types of organizations when an offender relocates nearby. These include the following:
- Child care facilities
- Religious organizations
- Home day care centers
- Public schools
- Private schools
You can use the sex offender search tool to find a list of registered offenders in your area. Visit the GBI website to access the registry. Then, enter as much information as possible to narrow your search. You can enter information about the offender if you are looking for a specific individual. Otherwise, enter the following information:
- Street name and number
- Zip code
- Distance from the address
What is Megan’s Law?
Megan’s Law is a federal statute that requires local law enforcement authorities to provide the public with information regarding the whereabouts of sex offenders. This predator protection act stems from the high-profile rape and murder of 7-year-old Megan Kanka, who was killed in New Jersey by a neighbor who was a convicted sexual offender. Megan’s parents, Richard and Maureen Kanka, argued that Megan would still be alive had they known this neighbor was a convicted offender. The goal of the statute is to provide families and parents with enough information to make informed decisions regarding the safety and welfare of their children.
The Megan’s Law website is available in many states, though some (like Georgia) may not have a law that goes by the same name. Instead, Georgia’s sex offender list allows any member of the public to search for convicted offenders in their area. The map is updated often to ensure new offenders check in with the state and show up in the search.