Conviction of a Sex Offense Makes You a Sex Offender in Kentucky
Any person, who is 18 or older or is a youthful offender, who has committed (1) a sex crime; or (2) a criminal offense against a victim who is a minor, must register as a sex offender in Kentucky.
Thus, it is possible to have to register as a sex offender for offenses under Kentucky law that have a sexual nature but do not necessarily require physical contact with a victim. The following is a list of these offenses Kentucky classifies as "sex crimes":
- Rape 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree;
- Sodomy 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Degree;
- Sexual Abuse 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree;
- Sexual Misconduct;
- Indecent Exposure;
- Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 1st Degree;
- Use of a Minor in a Sexual Performance;
- Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Minor;
- A Felony Attempt to Commit a Felony Offense Listed Above; and
- A Federal Felony Offense that is Similar to the Above Offenses.
Although many of these crimes are less well known, they, however, are very serious. Many require the offender to register as a sex offender for life! Others require the offender to register for at least 20 years.
If you are being falsely accused of commiting rape, sodomy, sex abuse or another sex offense in Kentucky, you need an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer to defend you. Otherwise, if you are convicted, you will be classified as a sex offender who must register in Kentucky and all others states as well if you move.
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