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With the wide public knowledge of a registered Sex Offender list, it becomes difficult for employers to provide a negligent hiring legal defense for not checking this list.

What is the "National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)"

First established in 2005 as the National Sex Offender Public Registry (NSOPR), NSOPW was renamed by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 in honor of 22-year-old college student Dru Sjodin of Grand Forks, North Dakota, a young woman who was kidnapped and murdered by a sex offender who was registered in Minnesota.

NSOPW is the only U.S. government website that links public state, territorial, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site. Parents, employers, and other concerned residents can utilize the website’s search tool to identify location information on sex offenders residing, working, and attending school not only in their own neighborhoods but in other nearby states and communities. In addition, the website provides visitors with information about sexual abuse and how to protect themselves and loved ones from potential victimization.

Sex-offender registration and notification programs are designed to include information about offenders who have been convicted of a “criminal offense against a victim who is a minor” or a “sexually violent offense”, as specified in the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and the Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act. Information about individuals convicted of offenses involving sexual molestation or sexual exploitation of children, and persons convicted of rape and rape-like offenses (regardless of the age of the victim). 42 U.S.C. 14071

Are there alternatives to the NSOPW?"

One option is to go to the states individually. However, that runs the risk of someone moving to your state who is on the list in another state.

Another option is to use the National Sex Offender Search which is part of the Nationwide Criminal Commercial Database search. However use of this search has limitations due to the number of jurisdictions that participate and the update frequency and accuracy. You can read more about the limitations of the Nationwide search by clicking here.

When you run a sex offender search through MeSH, you’re getting real time data from the United States Department of Justice NSOPW, which links public, state, and tribal sex offender registries from one national search site. NSOPW presents the most up-to-date information as provided by each Jurisdiction.

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