A laundry list of sex-related crimes qualify for it, and only some of the more common ones are listed below. Qualifying Offenses The registry applies to South Carolina residents convicted anywhere—not just other states, but even in foreign countries—as adults or as juveniles, for a listed offense or one like it. Criminal sexual conduct in the first, second, or third degree Assaults with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct Criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree or third degree Criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree—but not for consensual sex acts if the offender is 18 or less or it involved consensual acts between people under age Peeping Tom Kidnapping a person under 18, unless the offender is a parent.
If the victim is 18 or older, the judge must make a finding on the record it did not include a sex offense or an attempted one. Certain sex crimes against spouses Criminal sexual solicitation of a minor Potential Registration: Indecent exposure can result in the judge ordering you to register.
You can also be ordered to register for any other conviction if the judge finds that good cause has been shown by the prosecution. Moving requires written notice of your change of address to the Sheriff within three business days. If you leave the county, you notify the Sheriff of the old county and the new one. If you leave the state, you notify the Sheriff here. The same applies if you change jobs or get involved with a new school. Failure to register or give notice of change of address, job change, or school involvement is a crime.
It is not a defense to register after being arrested for the violation. Using false information to register is also a crime. Both crimes carry up to a year and a day in prison, just for a first offense. Virtually Unpardonable The only way to get off the registry is to have your conviction overturned and get acquitted on retrial or have the charges dismissed.
Another Reason to Fight The best way to defend against the sex offender registry is to prevent getting on it. We cannot accept an innocent person facing life in prison or the sex registry for something he did not do. We are not afraid to step into the firestorm these charges bring.