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Frequently Asked Questions 

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  •  Can an offender ever stop registering?

    Some offenders can petition to discontinue registration if a person is required to register quarterly, they are a lifetime register and a required to register for the rest of their natural life. If the offender is an annual register, based on the class of crime they were convicted of the offender has a mandatory waiting period before they can petition the court to discontinue registration.

     Does anyone check on the offenders?

    The state mandates that offenders address are verified when the offender registers, and then once a year after that. (CRS 16-22-109(3.5)) The Mesa County Sheriff's Office does address checks every 6 months for all registers.

     What are the consequences?

    If the original conviction was a felony, the failure to register is a class 6 felony. If the original offense was a misdemeanor, the failure to register is a class 1 misdemeanor. (CRS 18-3-412.5)

     What can I tell my children?

    • Avoid scary details. You know more than your children need to know.
    • Use language that is honest and age-appropriate (i.e. “there are people who do bad things to children”).
    • Include general information, as this may protect them from others who would try to harm them as well.
    • If your children are likely to have contact with an SVP or other Registered Sex Offenders, you should show your children the Sex Offender’s photo.
    • In a Manner that does not incite panic, instruct your children to avoid all contact with the offender, even if the offender’s conviction does not involve an offense against a child.
    • Instruct them to avoid being in the vicinity of the offender’s residence or workplace.
    • Encourage your children to tell you if the Sex Offender initiates contact with them.
    • Review the public safety materials with your children and encourage your children to tell you about any contact with an offender or any other person who makes them feel uncomfortable.
    • It is important to teach your children about appropriate and inappropriate contact and to encourage regular discussion about their interactions with other people.

    Teach your children the following:

    • DON’T take rides from strangers
    • DON’T harass or visit any Sex Offender’s home or property
    • DO tell a safe adult if anyone acts inappropriately toward them (I.E. creepy, too friendly, threatening, offering gifts in a secret way, or touching them)
    • DO run, scream, and get away if someone is bothering them
    • DON'T keep secrets
    • DON’T assist strangers
    • DON’T go places alone
    • DO ask questions
    • DO talk about any uncomfortable feelings or interactions.

    Make it a habit to LISTEN to your children and to believe them. If a child feels listened to and believed about small everyday things, they are more likely to share the big scary things with you. Be sensitive to changes in your child’s behavior. Pay attention to your child’s feelings and thoughts.

    Role-play safety scenarios with your child. Act out scenarios of various dangerous situations and teach them how to respond (i.e. home alone and someone comes to the door; separated from Mom in the toy store and a man comes up to talk to them; or chatting on the Internet and they are asked for their home address).

     What does quarterly register mean?

    Some offenders, (based on conviction) are required to register quarterly (4 times a year), rather than just once a year. (CRS. 16-22-101).

     What happens when the offender gives false info, fails to give change of info of just completely fails to register?

    An effort is made to contact the subject and arrest them at that time. If the subject cannot be located a warrant is issued for their arrest.

     What if an offender moves or changes their name?

    Offenders are required to come in, in person, and notify us of a change of address or employment if: (CRS 16-22-108)

    • the person is employed at a post secondary education institute,
    • the person legally changes their name, or
    • the person establishes an additional residence.

    The offender has 5 days to come in and notify us of changes.

     What information is available to the public?

    Information provided to the public on the registry is:

    • name,
    • date of birth,
    • address,
    • physical description, and
    • conviction.

     What information is required during registration?

    Offenders are required to give the following information:

    • name,
    • date of birth,
    • address,
    • place of employment,
    • post secondary education (including being employed, a student, or a volunteer),
    • all names used by the offender, and
    • vehicles registered to the offender.
    • Mug photos and fingerprints are also required. (CRS. 16-22-109)

     Who are required to register?

    Sexual Offenders CONVICTED after 1991 of certain sex crimes are required to register on their birthday according to Colorado State Law (CRS. 16-22-101).

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