Sex Offender Laws in Vermont
Laws against sex offenders apply to people who have been charged with sexual misconduct that include actions such as forcible sexual abuse or assault, kidnapping, voyeurism, lewd conduct, human trafficking, and various and others as dictated by the State of Vermont. Vermont has had a registry for sex offenders since its legislature passed the law that came into effect on July 1st, 1996.
What are the categories of sex offenders in Vermont?
Vermont has provisions for three categories of offenders who must register with the State and follow strict guidelines while their names remain on the registry under the Sex Offender Registry Laws.
These include people who:
- Were found guilty and convicted in the State either on or after July 1st, 1996
- Were convicted before July 1st, 1996, either in Vermont or another state, and released by the Commissioner of Corrections in Vermont after the July 1st, 1996
- Were convicted before July 1st, 1996, either in Vermont or another state, and were supervised by the Commissioner of Corrections within the community in Vermont on the day the Sex Offender Registry Law was passed
- Were convicted and then released from imprisonment on or after July 1st, 1986, who then established residency in Vermont on or after July 1st, 1996
Non-Residents of Vermont
These include people who are not residents of the State of Vermont but have moved there either for school or full/part-time employment.
The offenses which require registration include:
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Second or more convictions of voyeurism
- Lewd conduct
- Kidnapping with the intent to commit sexual assault
When the Victim is a Minor
Sex offenders who have performed misdemeanors against children must register with the State of Vermont. The offenses include:
- All of the aforementioned offenses
- Lewd conduct in front of a child
- Human trafficking
- Sex trafficking
- Soliciting or procuring a child for prostitution
- Sexual exploitation of children
- People who have been convicted of certain federal crimes of a sexual nature
Vermont sex offender registry
People who have registered with the Vermont Sexual Offender Registry have to comply with the following requirements:
- The probation officer must be informed of any changes to personal information such as address or employment, or if they are living with a minor within 24 hours as long as they are supervised by the Vermont Department of Corrections (VCIC)
- If discharged from supervision, they must inform the VCIC of changes to personal information such as address or employment, or if they are living with a minor within three days
- Should the person move to another state, they must inform the VCIC of their change of address, after which they have three days to register with the Sex Offender Registry in the new state
- Registrants receive within ten days of their birthday a document verifying their current address. They then have ten days to complete the form and return it to the VCIC
- Registrants must adhere to all the aforementioned regulations for ten years from the date where they were discharged from the supervision of the Vermont Department of Corrections
The State of Vermont made provisions for lifetime registration where the offenders meet one of the following criteria on September 1st, 2001:
- Where the offender has faced prior convictions that would require registration either in Vermont, or another state in the United States and face a subsequent conviction in Vermont either on or after the date of September 1st, 2001
- People who have been convicted of either sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault either on or after the date of September 1st, 2001
- People deemed by the court to be a ‘Sexually Violent Predator.’
The time frame to register as a sex offender in Vermont
People convicted in Vermont after the passage of this law, people convicted before the July 1st, 1996, but supervised by the Department of Corrections after this date and people convicted in a different State who have resided in Vermont for more than ten days or permanently must all register with the State.
A non-resident attending to education or employment has ten days to register, an offender convicted in a different state must register annually within ten days of their birthday, and a person deemed as a sexually violent predator must report to the VCIC every ninety days.
Failure to comply
Those failing to comply with the law for the first time face a fine of a maximum of $1000, and two years maximum imprisonment. Subsequent failures could result in a fine of a maximum of $5000 or an imprisonment period not greater than three years.
Vermont sex offender search
While there are no Vermont sex offender residency restrictions, it does not mean that their information is confidential. To get information about sex offenders in Vermont, you can use the Vermont sex offender public website. The data on the website allows you to find out who are the registered sex offenders in the state at all times, and also view any changes the sex offenders made with their residency.
Another method for finding Vermont registered sex offenders is by using GoLookUp's public records directories. The website does not provide Vermont sex offender residency restrictions because there are no such restrictions, and the data you can find allows you to get data about registered sex offenders in the state. The first sex offender search method available on GoLookUp is a name search; when you enter the name of a certain person who lives in Vermont and that you want to discover if he/she is a registered sex offender, the directory will let you know if they are in the Vermont registry.
The second search method is based on zip codes; when you enter a certain zip code, the directory will let you know who are the registered sex offender in that zip code, and also their criminal records, the offenses they committed, their mugshots, and much more.
Both directories gather data from public records, so you can be certain that is accurate and reliable.