Department of Public Safety: Sex Crimes Prevention Act
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 (CSPCA), which became law on October 28, 2000, but delayed certain provisions until October 28, 2002, amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act.
CSCPA provides special requirements relating to registration and community notification for sex offenders who are enrolled in or work at institutions of higher education. In addition to the Wetterling Act, CSPCA also amended the Clery Act, an annual crime reporting law, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 to allow the disclosure of this information regarding students.
As provided in the Wetterling Act, any person required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state regarding each institution of higher education in that State of which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student and must also alert the state of any change in enrollment or employment status. These federal requirements will require state law changes, expected to occur in 2003.
Under current state law, computerized sex offender information can be obtained through local law enforcement agencies and the Oregon State Police through their sex offender registration information line at (503) 378-3720 extension 4429. This computerized database can access sex offender information by name, address, zip code or county.
Persons seeking information about registered sex offenders residing within a specific geographic area may contact the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration Unit in Salem, OR by phone at (503) 378-3720 ext. 4429. The requestor will be asked to provide the zip code(s) of the area for which they are seeking the names of registered offenders. A list of all registered sex offenders residing within this specific zip code area will be mailed to the requestor within two weeks.
If the requestor desires to check on the status of an individual by name, they will need to call the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration Unit at (503) 378-3720 ext. 4415 and ask to speak with the person responsible for the specific county of residence of the person in question. A search of the name provided will be conducted and the caller will be provided with the requested information.
For additional information about sex offender registration, you may contact: Oregon State Police, Sex Offender Registration Unit, 400 Public Service Building, Salem, OR 97310-3720, phone: 503-378-3720.