Last updated 22 August 2012
The Madison County Sheriff's Office is committed to keeping our community safe and informed. Arkansas law provides the opportunity for the Sheriff's Office to provide its community with the kind information it needs to make good decisions with regard to the safety and welfare of its citizens and their children. That said, abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass offenders will not be tolerated. Anyone who uses the information contained in the registry to commit a criminal act against another person may be subject to criminal prosecution. The Madison County Sheriff's Office will release information pursuant to Arkansas Code 12-12-9 Sex Offender Registration Act of 1997. This act authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender's presence when the release of such information will enhance public safety and protection. Individuals appearing on these notifications have been convicted of an offense requiring registration with the Arkansas Crime Information Center.
The predatory offender is required, by law, to register with local authorities, and to keep authorities apprised of any subsequent changes in residence.
The Madison County Sheriff's Office conducts compliance checks on predatory offenders living within our jurisdictions. This enforcement ensures those offenders that are living within our borders, are in compliance. Investigations are conducted on those offenders found to be non compliant as defined by Arkansas statute, with criminal prosecution pursued through the Fourth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney's office.
At present the are less than 50 registered sex offender residing within the boundaries of Madison County the majority are level 1 and 2 (Low to Medium Risk) they are required to register and verify their address every six months. The Identities of these offenders is protected and information on them cannot be released.
The remaining level 3 and 4 (High Risk) offenders are required to register and verify their address every three months. All registered level 3 and 4 sex offenders residing in Madison County are listed on the below link.
All registered sex offenders in the State of Arkansas are required to submit to assessment by the Sex Offender Screening & Risk Assessment Program coordinated by the Arkansas Department of Correction. Each offender is assigned a risk level based on the results of the assessment. Offenders failing to submit to assessment are assigned default Risk Level 3. Arkansas Code Annotated 12-12-913 (j)(1)(A), mandates that information on registered sex offenders determined to pose the highest level of risk to the public (Level 3 and Level 4), must be available on the Arkansas state website by January 1, 2004. Recent changes in the law have added public access to information regarding Level 2 offenders who were 18 or older and the victim was 14 or younger at the time of the offense.
Based on information obtained from the risk assessment process, offenders are assigned the following levels.
Level 1: Typically offenders in this category have no prior history of sexual offending and the community can be protected with notification inside the home and to local law enforcement authorities. These individuals may be first time offenders and they usually know their victims. The vast majority of registered sex offenders are classified as Level 1 offenders. They are considered at low risk to re-offend.
Level 2 Typically offenders in this category have a history of sexual offending where notification inside the home is insufficient. These offenders have a moderate risk of re-offending. They generally have more than one victim and the abuse may be long term. These offenders usually groom their victims and may use threats to commit their crimes. These crimes may be predatory with the offender using a position of trust to commit their crimes. Typically these individuals do not appreciate the damage they have done to their victims. Community notification requires notice to the offender's known victim preference and those likely to come into contact with the offender.
Level 3 Typically these offenders in this category have a history of repeat sexual offending, and/or strong antisocial, violent or predatory personality characteristics. Sexual compulsions are likely to be present, but may be kept under control when relapse prevention plans are followed and treatment is continued. The offense patterns of these individuals reflect a relatively high probability of re-offense and/or a risk of substantial injury to victims should re-offense occur. These are individuals whose offense and criminal history require notification throughout the community.
Offenders who appear for the assessment under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or who fail to timely disclose the use of medications, individuals who fail to appear for assessment, individuals who are aggressive, threatening, or disruptive to the point that SOSRA staff cannot proceed with the assessment process, and individuals who voluntarily terminate the assessment process having been advised of the potential consequences will be classified as being a Level 3 or referred to SOAC for Sexually Violent Predator status.
Level 4 Sexually Violent Predator refers to a person who has been adjudicated guilty or acquitted on the grounds of mental disease or defect of a sexually violent offense who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the person likely to engage in predatory sexually violent offenses. These offenders are considered to have a high risk to re-offend. They usually have one or more victims and may have committed prior crimes of violence. They may not know their victim(s). The crime may show a manifest cruelty to the victim(s) and these offenders usually deny or minimize the crime. These offenders commonly have clear indications of a personality disorder. This indicates that the highest and most visible means of community notification is required.
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