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Sex Offender Laws in Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island has defined five types of criminal activities as felonies that are used to prosecute crimes related to sexual offenses and sexual assault within the state. Also, the state has the power to use statutory laws to prosecute sexual crimes and offenses committed to those below the Rhode Island age of consent.

Categories of Sexual Crimes in Rhode Island

As per the state law, sexual crimes committed within the jurisdiction of Rhode Island state can be any of the five types:

  • Child Molestation and Sexual Assault – First Degree (Statutory):
    In case a person above the age of consent engages in sexual penetration with a minor below the age of fourteen years.
  • Child Molestation and Sexual Assault – Second Degree (Statutory):
    In case a person above the age of consent engages in sexual penetration with more than one minor below the age of fourteen years or repeats First Degree Child Molestation and Sexual AssaultSexual Assault – First Degree:
    In case a person engages in sexual penetration with another person who is mentally incapacitated, or physically helpless with the offender having previous information about the state of the victim; or through coercion or force; or through concealment and deceit; or during medical treatment or examination, with the aim of sexual arousal, stimulation or gratification.
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  • Sexual Assault – Second Degree:
    In case a person engages in sexual contact with another person who is mentally incapacitated, physically helpless; or through force or coercion; or during a medical examination; with the perpetrator being a repeat offender of sexual assault.
  • Sexual Assault – Third Degree (Statutory):
    In case a person above the age of eighteen (18) engages in sexual penetration of someone who is above the age of fourteen (14), but below the age of consent at sixteen (16).
 

Penalties and Sentences for Sexual Offenders in Rhode Island

As per the state law, the penalties and sentences for sexual offenders are based on the nature of the crime as well as the intent of the perpetrator, with penalties increasing in harshness based on the severity of the crime.

  • Child Molestation and Sexual Assault – First Degree (Statutory):
    Every individual committing first-degree sexual assault on a minor shall receive a minimum of twenty-five (25) years in prison; which can be extended for life, depending on the severity of the crime.
  • Child Molestation and Sexual Assault – Second Degree (Statutory):
    Every individual committing second-degree sexual assault on a minor shall receive a minimum of six (6) years in prison; with maximum sentencing for thirty (30) years.
  • Sexual Assault – First Degree:
    Every individual committing first-degree sexual assault shall receive a minimum sentence of ten (10) years in prison; which can be extended for life.
  • Sexual Assault – Second Degree:
    Every individual committing second-degree sexual assault shall receive a minimum of up to three (3) years in prison; with a maximum sentence of up to fifteen (15) years.
  • Sexual Assault – Third Degree (Statutory):
    Every individual committing third-degree sexual assault shall receive a sentence of up to five (5) years in prison.
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Mandatory Registration Process of a Sexual Offender

Any individual who has committed crimes of a sexual nature, either against a minor; or against an adult without consent is required to register with the Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry, which is maintained by the Rhode Island State Police. The information collected in the registry includes the name and alias of the offender, anticipated residence details, history of offense and incarceration, as well as documentation of any treatments received for mental illnesses and ailments.

The state of Rhode Island requires that all sex offenders are required to be registered for ten (10) years after incarceration, parole or probation. Those who have been deemed as a sexually violent predator are required to register for life. Also, a juvenile who has been incarcerated for sexual crimes are required to register for fifteen (15) years after release from prison, parole or probation.

Penalties for Non-Compliance of Sexual Offender Registration

Any offender who is required to register themselves with the Rhode Island Sex Offender Registry, but fails to do so with full knowledge is guilty of a felony according to state law. Upon conviction, the perpetrator can be fined up to $10,000 or sentenced with ten (10) years in prison or both.