New York Sex Offenders Search

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Finding sex offenders in the State of New York is compulsory for your safety and also of the people you care about. Individuals who have committed sexually oriented crimes are highly likely to commit these crimes again. Therefore, finding information concerning these individuals will help you avoid them.

Who is a sex offender in New York?

In New York, according to the Sex Offender Registration Act, a “sex offender” is a person convicted of sexually motivated offenses and sexual crimes such as rape, incest, sexual battery, child molesting, indecent exposure and others. “Sexual predators” are sex offenders who have been convicted of sexually violent offenses and who also suffer from mental abnormalities or personality disorders, which trigger their sexually violent behaviors.

It is the responsibility of the local correctional facility to notify the NY Sex Offender’s division of the release of any sex offender, at least ten calendar days prior to the release. The division must receive a special form containing related information such as the address at which the offender will reside, the name and address of the educational institution the offender will enroll in, along with any potential job location. If these sex offenders will change their residence while on parole, a notification will be sent to the sex offender’s parole officer within 48 hours.

Researching Sex Offenders in New York

Before you can access the Public Registry of Sex Offenders in New York, you will need to agree to a disclaimer. Start your search by entering information such as the last name of the sex offender, the zip code (you will get a list of all sex offenders who live in a certain area you might be interested in moving to) or a NY county name. Know that the DCJS is currently forbidden by law to display information on Level 1 or low-level sex offenders. Nevertheless, you can still find out whether an individual is on the respective registry. If you would like to run a check on someone you know, call this phone number 1-800-262-3257 and provide them with the name, exact address, driver’s license number, date of birth or social security number, to find out if that person is a registered sex offender in the State of NY.

You can use this link to see a list of registered sex offenders in the State of New York as of the 25th of June, 2012. This report is currently listing sex offenders by their risk level which has been officially reported to the Division of Criminal Justice Services. As a side note, remember that some sex offenders have been assigned a risk level in an unconstitutional manner, according to certain federal courts. In other words, it is likely that the level 2 or level 3 sex offenders that are listed right now also include sex offenders who are yet to be granted a constitutional hearing in order to establish their risk level. 

how many Sex Offenders in New York – 2023

One of the challenges of finding accurate information about registered sex offenders in New York is that different sources may report different numbers. For example, the official New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services website updates its data daily shows that there were 41,892 registered sex offenders in New York State at the end of 2019.

Yet, some other websites that claim to provide public access to sex offender registries, such as Offender Radar and Registered Offenders List, report significantly different numbers: 21,258 and 42,583 respectively, as of January 2022. These discrepancies may be due to different methods of collecting, verifying, and updating the data and different definitions and criteria of who is considered a registered sex offender in New York.