Can Sex Offenders Go to the Movies?

Can a sex offender go to the movies? Can a sex offender work at a movie theater? My kids want to go to the movies alone and I am afraid to let them.

There are different types of sex offenders under the law. The first is for a 10 year sex offense. A sex offender much register for 10 years and notify the state of their address. Sex offenders would be people who are found guilty of Kidnapping of minor, Luring child into motor vehicle, Institutional sexual assault, Indecent assault (M1), Incest (victim under 12 yrs.), Prostitution (relating to minors), Sexual materials (relating to minors), Sexual abuse of children,
Unlawful contact with minor, and Sexual exploitation of children.

Lifetime sexual offenses are two or more convictions for 10-year offenses as listed above, Rape, IDSI, Sexual Assault, Aggravated indecent assault, Incest (victim under 12 years), and anyone deemed to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP).

Since 2006, the reporting requirement has been available on the internet and is the same for all offenders. If the person is a 10 year offender then the information only stays up for 10 years, if the person is a lifetime offender it stays up for life. The information is as follows:

Name, years of birth, street address/cit/county/zip of residence, school and/or employment, photograph, physical description, vehicle information, current compliance status with requirements, whether victim is minor, description of offense, date of offense/conviction.

In addition, if you are wondering what it means to be deemed a “sexually violent predator” it is hard to say. There is a hearing before the sentencing judge, where the judge hears testimony from experts and decides if the person meets the standard under the law.

The reason I have written all of the above is to show you that all of this information is available to you as a parent online and also available to the owner/manager of the movie theater. Also, please note that some of the offenses for the 10 year registration requirement are not necessarily sexual in nature even though they are called sex offenses, like kidnapping a minor. If you were in a custody dispute and you stole your kid from your spouse, you could potentially be convict of kidnapping a minor and be forced to register as a sex offender, when you never did any sex stuff to any kid. Also, as an example, if the person possessed pornography of young kids, that is not at all like raping a 16 year old. I have done several svp hearings and the experts will say on the stand that the disordered that makes someone svp is distinct and varies among people based on the age of the victim.

Therefore, I would check out who the person is on the internet and find out what they did before getting too nervous.

2 Comments on Can Sex Offenders Go to the Movies?

  1. MSLGWCEO // at 10:31 pm // Reply

    You cannot depend on the three tiers as a guide to who will re-offend. See:

    Also, the vast majority on Tier three have proven themselves to be a one time offender. Many have offenses 10-20 or more years ago and have been law abiding.

    There are individuals on tier 1 who are more dangerous than those on tier three.

    First time offenders have a very low recidivist rate. Look for those who did not know their victim, those who were violent and the repeat offender.

    Highlights include the following:

    * Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%),
    burglars (74.0%),
    larcenists (74.6%),
    motor vehicle thieves (78.8%), those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).

    * Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape, and 1.2%

    of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.
    * The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 had accumulated 4.1 million arrest charges before their most recent imprisonment and another 744,000 charges within 3 years of release.

    A little suggested reading:
    Residency limits on sex offenders questioned

    Lawmakers briefed on sex offender management—There is a great "Power Point" presentation link within the article.

    When Evidence is Ignored
    Residential Restrictions For Sex Offenders
    By Richard Tewksbury and Jill Levenson

  2. Brian J. Zeiger, Esquire // at 11:04 pm // Reply

    I think that I agree with your comment facially in that simply because someone was once convicted of something many years prior does not mean with certainty they will re-offend. We have written previously about the concept of Megan’s Law and its progeny as it violates the Ex Post Facto and Double Jeopardy clauses of the federal constitution.

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