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What is a sex offender?

A sex offender, sexual offender, sex abuser, or sexual abuser is a person who has committed any type of sex crime. What is considered to be a sex crime depends on culture and legal jurisdiction. The majority of convicted sex offenders have other convictions for sexual type crimes, but some may just have broken a law that is defined in a sexual category. The crimes of sending or receiving obscene content in the form of SMS text messages also known as sexting, relationships between young adults and teenagers that result in the corruption of a minor if the age between the two are more than 1060 days, if any sexual contact was made by an adult to a minor such as child molestation, or if there is a second charge of prostitution, or if there is sexual conduct that occurs or unlawful sexual conduct involving a minor, is generally an automatic sex-offender registration. Other serious charges that fall into this category also include sexual assault, statutory rape, child sexual abuse, rape, sexual imposition, and pending obscenity.

What can a sex offender do to protect themselves from being harassed at work?

When it comes to being harassed in the workplace, there is currently no law to protect a sex offender or and type of criminal offender from being harassed in the work place. The only time a person can be protected from workplace harassment is if the harassment is based on age, race, sex, or disability. Currently there is no state that has passed any kind of workplace bullying laws, however there maybe circumstances that would qualify for any of the harassment laws above or even hostile work environment.

If a person has already served two years of a sex offender conviction, but now wants to appeal the decision to get off the register, how much would this cost the person?

The problem that the person may run into is the fact that he/she has already served two years of his/her sentence, therefore has already passed the thirty day limit to file an appeal. With this said, there are very few ground in which the appellate court will look at. Most of these things are technical issues and not generally common. There are some instances where DNA evidence is processed or the witness or person that filed the complaint recants his/her story. Appeals can be in the five figure area and is very costly.

Can a registered sex offender that has completed his/her probation/parole still visit a house where minor children are present or has the potential to be present?

If the person is a registered sex offender, this does not prohibit any contact with minors. When the person is on probation/parole, then there may be a stipulation in there that states that the person cannot have contact with a minor. If the person is not on probation/parole then they only have to follow registry rules and those are more lax than probation/parole.

In the state of Maryland, is there any financial reward for turning a sex offender that is not registered?

In the state of Maryland, there is sometimes a reward for turning in unregistered sex offenders that may amount up to $2000, however there is no database of nonregistered sex offenders, so there is no way for the actual amount to be determined. The person may be able to contact their local police department to find out how much the reward is based on a case to case basis. The person who turns in the unregistered sex offender will be kept confidential and the sex offender will not know who turned them in.

When a person is convicted of a sex crime, deals with a sex offender, or is the victim of a sex offender, there may be questions and things that they may need to get advice on. Consulting an Expert is a good way for the person to gain the answers to their questions or gain advice that they may need.
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