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MARYLAND SEX OFFENDER LAWS
State Information
Contact Person
Allison Gilford, SORU Supervisor:
410-585-3649
Main SORU Telephone Line:
410-585-3600
Toll-free: 1-866-559-8017
Offenders Required to Register
Q1. Who Must Register?

Individuals convicted by a court of law of a sexual offense must register. The term and category of registration depends on the crime of conviction, the age of the victim and the date that the offense was committed.

"Convicted" means when the person:

Is found guilty of a crime by a jury or judicial officer;

Enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere;

Is granted a probation before judgment** after finding of guild for a crime if the court, as a condition of probation, orders compliance with the requirements of this subtitle; or

Is found not criminally responsible for a crime.

NOTE: See the SOCEM home page to download a PDF Chart of qualifying sexual offenses and their categories.

Tier I - These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier I offense. These registrants register for 15 years.
4th Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-308 or Art. 27 § 464C
Visual Surveillance with Prurient Intent- Criminal Law Article, § 3-902 or Art. 27 § 579B
Possession of Child Pornography - Criminal Law Article, § 11-208 or Art. 27 § 419B
Engaging in Illicit Conduct in Foreign Places - 18 USC § 2423(c)
Failure to File Factual Statement About an Alien Individual - 18 USC § 2424
Misleading Domain Names on the Internet - 18 USC § 2252B
Misleading Words or Digital Images on the Internet - 18 USC § 2252C
Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud or Coercion - 18 USC § 1591
Transmitting Information About a Minor to Further Criminal Sexual Conduct - USC § 2425
Travel w/Intent to Engage in Illicit Conduct -18 USC § 2423(b)

Tier II - These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier II offense. These registrants register for 25 years.
Abduction of a Child under16 for Prostitution - Criminal Law Article, § 11-305 or Art. 27 § 1
Distribution of Child Pornography - Criminal Law Article, § 11-207or Art. 27 § 419A
Hiring a Minor for a Prohibited Purpose - Criminal Law Article, § 11-209 or Art. 27 § 420
House of Prostitution - Criminal Law Article, § 11-306 or Art. 27 § 431
Human Trafficking (Formerly Pandering) - Criminal Law Article, § 11-303 or Art. 27 § 428
Sale of a Minor - Criminal Law Article, § 3-603 or Art. 27 § 35E
Sexual Conduct between a Correctional or DJS employee and an inmate or confined child Criminal Law Article, § 3-314 or Art. 27 § 464G
3rd Degree Sex Offense - (Statutory Offense) - Criminal Law Article, § 3-307(A)(4) or Art. 27 § 464B(4)
3rd Degree Sex Offense - (Statutory Offense) - Criminal Law Article, § 3-307(A)(5) or Art. 27 § 464B(5)
Sexual Solicitation of a Minor - Criminal Law Article, § 3-324
A registrant with two Tier I convictions must register in the Tier II category

Tier III - These registrants have been convicted in Maryland of a crime listed below or convicted in another jurisdiction of a Tier III offense. These registrants register for life.
Assault with Intent to Rape, or Sexually Abuse - Art. 27 § 12A
Child Kidnapping - Under the age of 12 or Abduction of a Child under 12 - Criminal Law Article, § 3-503 or Art. 27§§ 2, an 338
Continuing Course of Conduct with a Child - Criminal Law Article, § 3-315
False Imprisonment of a Minor - Common Law
Forcible Sodomy - Criminal Law Article, § 3-321 or Art. 27 § 553
Incest - Criminal Law Article, § 3-323 or Art. 27 § 335
Kidnapping - Criminal Law Article, § 3-502 or Art. 27 § 337
Murder w/ intent to Rape, Sexually Offend, or Sexually Abuse a Minor - Criminal Law Article, § 2-201(a)(4)(viii), (x), or (xi) or Art. 27 § 410
1st Degree Rape - Criminal Law Article, § 3-303 or Art. 27 § 462
2nd Degree Rape - Criminal Law Article, § 3-304 or Art. 27 § 463
Sexual Abuse of a Minor - Criminal Law Article, § 3-602
Sale of a Minor - Criminal Law Article, § 3-603 or Art. 27 § 35E
1st Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-305 or Art. 27 § 464
2nd Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-306 or Art. 27 § 464A
3rd Degree Sex Offense - (force, threat, weapon, aided and abetted) - Criminal Law Article, § 3-307(a)(1) or Art. 27 § 464B(a)(1)
3rd Degree Sex Offense - (victim who is mentally defective or incapacitated, or physically incapacitated) - Criminal Law Article, § 3-307(a)(2) or Art. 27 § 464B(a)(2)
3rd Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-307(a)(3) or Art. 27 § 464B(a)(3)
Sexual Conduct between a Correctional or DJS employee and an inmate or confined child - Criminal Law Article, § 3-314 or Art. 27 § 464G
Forcible Unnatural or Perverted Practice - Criminal Law Article, § 3-322 or Art. 27 § 554
Attempted 1st Degree Rape - Criminal Law Article, § 3-309 or Art. 27 § 464F(b)
Attempted 2nd Degree Rape - Criminal Law Article, § 3-310 or Art. 27 § 464F(a)
Attempted 1st Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-311 or Art. 27 § 464F(b)
Attempted 2nd Degree Sex Offense - Criminal Law Article, § 3-312 or Art. 27 § 464F(a)
A registrant with two Tier II convictions, or a Tier I and Tier II convictions, must register in the Tier III category

Q2. Retroactive Application of the New Laws Beginning October 1, 2010

Anyone required to register under Maryland law as of September 30, 2010 is subject to continued registration under Maryland's new law.
Anyone who is currently under the custody or supervision of a supervising authority on October 1, 2010 and has an unregistered sex offense conviction is subject to registration under Maryland's new law.
Anyone who is convicted of a new crime on or after October 1, 2010 and has an unregistered sex offense conviction is subject to registration under Maryland's new law.

NOTE: "Under the custody or supervision of a supervising authority” means the offender was: incarcerated in a county detention center or Division of Correction facility; under the supervision of the Division of Parole and Probation; or was under the direct supervision of the Court
Information Collected
Name, aliases, address, and social security number. Photograph and fingerprints. Place of employment or school. Category of registrant (Child Sexual Offender, Offender, Sexually Violent Offender, or Sexually Violent Predator), term (ten years or life), and if resident or non-resident (student or worker) registrant. Description of crime (that triggers the requirement to register). Dates of conviction, offense, and release. Victim's date of birth and conviction jurisdiction (location of the state, federal, military, or tribal court where convicted and sentenced). Electronic identities and addresses. Driver's License information and License Plate Number.
Administrating Agency
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and local law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland.

Timeframe for Registration

Q3. When Does Registration Occur?

All registrants must register with a supervising authority or with the designated local law enforcement.
Tier I Registrants must register in person every 6 months
Tier II Registrant must register in person every 6 months
Tier III Registrants must register in person every 3 months

All registrants must initially register with a supervising authority or with the designated local law enforcement unit within:
3 days of release to community supervision from the court
Prior to release from a correctional facility
3 days of ending permanent residency in Maryland

All Maryland Registrants must update their registration statements within:
3 days of changing residences
3 days of changing employment
3 days of changing any information on the registration statement

Non-Residents must initially register with a supervising authority or with the designated local law enforcement unit within:
3 days of beginning employment in Maryland
3 days of registering as a student in a Maryland school
3 days of entering the State as a transient individual
Within 3 days of beginning permanent residency in Maryland
Within 3 days of ending permanent residency in Maryland
Applies to Out-of-State Offenders
Q10. What about Individuals Who Move into Maryland?

A person who moves to Maryland and has an obligation to register as a sex offender in another state must register here in Maryland.
A person who moves to Maryland and was convicted of an offense that in another state that constitutes a registerable crime in Maryland must also register.
Sex offenders subject to the Criminal Procedure Article, §§ 11-701--11-722, Annotated Code of Maryland, who move into Maryland must register within three (3) days of establishing a temporary or permanent residence in Maryland, or applying for a driver's license in this state, whichever occurs earlier.

Q11. Don Non-Residents Have to Register?
A person who is a resident of another state where he or she is required to register and who enters Maryland for the purpose of employment or attending school must register within three (3) days of beginning employment or registering as a student.
Employment includes working or "carrying on a vocation," and may be full time or part time for a sequential period of the time in Maryland exceeding 14 days or for an aggregate period of the time in Maryland exceeding 30 days during any calendar year. The employment or vocation may be financially compensated, volunteered, or for the purpose of government or educational benefit.
Attending school includes full-time or part-time attendance at any public or private educational institution, including any secondary school, trade, or professional institution, or institution of higher education.

Q4. How Long Does Registration Last?
Different states have different lengths of sex offender registration. Maryland has 3 lengths of registration: 15 years, 25 years and life. The length of registration is determined by the sex offender's conviction. For Maryland convictions the chart in question 1 explains which convictions carries what length of registration.

Tier III = Lifetime Registration
Tier II = 25 Years
Tier I = 15 Years
Successful completion community supervision;
Successful completion of a sex offender treatment program;
No convictions for any sex offense; and
No convictions for any crime with a potential penalty of more than 1 year.

Non-resident registrants who are working or attending school in Maryland must register for the period of time specified for the category of registration, or until the registrant's employment or student enrollment in Maryland ends (if that occurs before termination of the registration period).

Duration of Requirement

The term of registration begins with the registrant's "release," as outlined above. All registrants must register for 10 years, or for life if the registrant has been: Convicted of Rape First or Second Degree; Sex Offense First, Second, or Third Degree; Sexual Abuse of a Minor if the victim is under the age of 12 and the offense involved "penetration;" or is determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator; or previously required to register and has been convicted of a subsequent violation of any offense requiring registration.

All Child Sex Offenders, Sexually Violent offenders, and Offenders must register initially with both the appropriate supervising authority and the designated local law enforcement agency; thereafter, they must register in person semi-annually with the designated local law enforcement agency.

Sexually Violent Predators must register initially with both the appropriate supervising authority and the designated local law enforcement agency; thereafter they must re-register in person every 3 months with the designated local law enforcement agency.

Non-resident registrants who are working or attending school in Maryland must register for the period of time specified for the category of registration, or until the registrant's employment or student enrollment in Maryland ends (if that occurs before termination of the registration period).
Verification of Address
Yes, the address is verified by local law enforcement and by the Division of Parole and Probation if the offender is under parole and probation supervision.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
Q8. What Happens If a Registrant Doesn't Register?

If a sex offender knowingly fails to register, change his or her address or fails to provide a change as directed is subject to the penalties under Criminal Procedure Article, §11-721, Annotated Code of Maryland.

The law states that a registrant who knowingly fails to register, fails to provide notice of change of address, change of enrollment or employment at a Maryland Institution of Higher Education, or who knowingly provides false information may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and may be subject to imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to $5,000 or both.
Access to Information
Q14. Who May Obtain Registration Statements or Registration Information?

Any member of the public may obtain a copy of an offender's registration statement as governed by State and Federal law. Maryland's law provides for the automatic dissemination of registration information. Copies of registration statements will include the registrant's photograph but will not include fingerprints, social security number, victim information, or any other information prohibited from disclosure under the law.

The registrant's victim, or the parent or legal guardian of a victim who is a minor, is entitled to automatic notification. (Note: a victim who has filed a notification request form under Criminal Procedure Article, § 11-104, need not make a separate written request for a copy of the registrant's registration statement.)

Designated local law enforcement units must also send a copy of a registration statement to an individual who makes a written request.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services may also send a copy of a registration statement or a copy of the central registry, in whole or in part (by zip code or county) to an individual who makes a written request. Address correspondence to:
Sex Offender Registry Unit
P.O. Box 32708, Pikesville, MD 21282-2708
Telephone: 410-585-3600
Fax: 410-653-5690

Email: Sex Offender Registry Website Response
Confidentiality Provision
Yes. Identifying victim information is prohibited from disclosure to the public; and Witnesses and victims involved in the court proceedings related to the sexual offense receive a copy of the registration document: these individuals' identities and contact information are also protected from disclosure.
Number Registered
Total number of Registered Sex Offenders: 8,006
Incarcerated: 1462
Active: 6544
Percent Compliance
96.9%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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