Department of Public Safety: Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, a federal law that was enacted on October 28, 2000, provides for the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders enrolled as students at institutions of higher education or working or volunteering on campus. The act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act to require sex offenders, already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, for each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, volunteers at, or is a student. It requires that state procedures ensure this registration information is promptly made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions are located and that it is entered into appropriate state records or data systems.

These changes took effect October 28, 2002. The act also amends the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act to require institutions of higher education to issue a statement, in addition to other disclosures required under that act, to advise the campus community where to obtain law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders. Oregon law was amended in 2005 to make these requirements effective January 1, 2006. The Oregon State Police are responsible for maintaining this registry. ORS 181.592 authorizes the Oregon State Police to make information about registered sex offenders available to the public. ORS 181.592(4)(c) authorizes the release of information on certain sex offenders to be posted on a public web site.

How to Obtain Sex Offender Information from Oregon State Police

The Sex Offender web site maintained by the Oregon State Police is available at http://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/ . Other methods for contacting or obtaining information are:

Oregon State Police Sex Offender Registration Unit
4th Floor, 255 Capitol SE, Salem OR 97310
Phone 503-378-3725

  • A list of offenders, both on and off supervision, including those posted to the public website and those who are not, can be obtained by calling the Oregon State Police at 503-378-3725 Extension 44429 or by e-mailing a request to sexoffender.Questions@state.or.us. Most requests are processed within 1 week, however, circumstances may require a longer response time.
  • To look up information on predatory sex offenders by name and location:
    • http://sexoffenders.oregon.gov/
    • Provides a sex offender FAQ section including the definition of "Predatory Sex Offender": http://egov.oregon.gov/OSP/SOR/faqs.shtml
    • For information on the sex offender registration program: http://www.odva.state.or.us/OSP/SOR/prog_info.shtml
    • Further questions may be directed to the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Unit

Offenders currently under parole, post-prison supervision, probation or under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court fall under the authority of their supervising agency. Information on these offenders through the registry is limited by law. Questions regarding conditions, restrictions and address information should be directed to the supervising agency.

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.

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