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":
Sex Crimes in Kentucky
Rape 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree;
Sodomy 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Degree;
Sexual Abuse 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Degree;
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.