Sex Offenders And Sexual Offenders Essay
The Sex Offenders Register in Victoria is governed by the Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004. The register contains information about people (registrable offenders) who have committed certain sex offences (registrable offences).
The purpose of the register is to:
• make offenders keep police informed of their whereabouts and their personal details for a specified period of time
• reduce the chances of a person re-offending
• help police investigate any future offences
• stop registered sex offenders from volunteering or working in child-related areas.
As well as those sentenced for a registrable offence in Victoria, any person who has reporting obligations in any other Australian state or territory, or any other country, is a registrable offender in Victoria.
A registrable offender who doesn’t comply with their reporting obligations, or who gives false or misleading information when reporting, is guilty of an offence and may be sentenced to a maximum of 2 or 5 years imprisonment or a fine of $36,400, depending on the breach.
A person who is convicted of a registrable offence may be entered into the Sex Offenders Register in Victoria.
There are four classes of registrable offence.
Class 1 and 2 offences
Class 1 offences include:
• sexual penetration of a child
• compelling sexual penetration of a child
• ongoing sexual abuse of a person under 16
• aggravated sexual servitude