WHSV — Kids will soon be going from house to house trick-or-treating for Halloween, which means parents have to be careful of whose house they allow their children to visit. Virginia State Police has an online sex offender database that allows you to search if there are any offenders that live or work within your zip code. Click here to see the results in your area. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office says you should talk with your children about the dangers that are out there before they go around door-to-door. He says it is also good for parents to do their own research when it comes to figuring out where registered sex offenders live. In West Virginia, you can find the sex offender registry for their state on the West Virginia State Police website as well. In some states, the Attorney General's website has the registry, but all states make it publicly available. Click Here to access the online Public Inspection File. Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below.
West Virginia Registered Sex Offenders Distribution
Before kids go trick or treating on Halloween across West Virginia, now is a good time to take an inventory of who is living in your neighborhood. The U. Department of Justice runs the National Sex Offender Public Website , which you can use to locate registered sex offenders near your home. You may want to avoid trick or treating at these houses and apartments on Halloween, or merely be aware of who's living in your neighborhood during the rest of the year. Law enforcement officials and researchers caution that the registries can play only a limited role in preventing child sexual abuse and stress most perpetrators are known to the child. Department of Justice estimates only about 10 percent of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are strangers to the child.
The law protects residents of the state by giving them access to information on registered sex offenders in West Virginia. Convicted sex offenders in West Virginia must register with the local police in their county upon release from jail, parole or probation. The state police notify residents whenever a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. Thus, the residents take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their kids from such persons. West Virginia law does not restrict sex offenders from living or working anywhere. Except there is a special court order asking them to do so. The registry manages all information on sex offenders in West Virginia. The registry verifies this information and ensures accuracy. The registry does not guarantee that information on the website will always be accurate.
If you understand and agree to the terms, please click accept to access the website. While all attempts are made to provide complete and accurate information, the West Virginia State Police does not guarantee the accuracy of the information made available to the public via the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry Website. The information released through this site is as complete as has been currently verified and processed by registry personnel. The West Virginia State Police do not assess the specific risk for reoffense with regard to any offender released via this website. This information is provided in the interest of public safety and should be used only in order to take appropriate precautions. The information accessed through the use of this website may not be used to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders and violations of law will be investigated by the West Virginia State Police. If you believe that information contained within this site is not correct, you are encouraged to contact the Registry at or e-mail us at registry wvsp. West Virginia.