Find a Sex Offender

You, as a parent, have the right to know if a convicted sex offender is living near you and your children may be in danger. Sex offender registry information is available to the public because of Megan’s Law, which was passed in California in 2004. Megan Kanka was a 7-year-old girl who was killed by a known sex offender who had moved in across the street. After her death, Megan’s family worked to make sure that local communities would be notified when a sex offender moves into their neighborhood. All 50 states now have a version of Megan’s Law.

Due to Megan’s Law, sex offenders are now required by federal law to register with the Department of Justice. There are several ways to find sex offenders in your area or near your child’s school.

  • U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website: The Department of Justice has a database of registered sex offenders and coordinates information with jurisdictions in all 50 states. To find offenders, enter the name, locality or ZIP Code. This is a free service.
  • Family Watchdog: Family Watchdog is another free service where you can access information about where sex offenders live and work. The site will also track sex offenders. Sign up to receive email notifications when a sex offender moves within five miles of your address.
  • Criminal Check: Criminal Check is another free service to check locations of sex offenders.

If you become aware of a sex offender living in your neighborhood, you need to keep a closer eye on your children and quietly inform others with children in your neighborhood.  Be aware that harassing a sex offender is a misdemeanor, though you must report any suspicious activity involving the abuse of a child to authorities.

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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