Sex Offender Registry information
The West Virginia State Police releases the following information pursuant to state law §15-12-5 which authorizes the State Police to inform the public of a sex offender's release when the offender is a sexually violent offender, the offender has multiple convictions of a sexual offense, the offender's victim was a minor or if the offender has been determined to be a sexually violent predator. These sex offenders have served the sentence imposed by the courts and have advised the state police that they will be living in the location indicated.
These persons are not wanted by the police at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear; rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.
Sex Offender Registry
Law enforcement has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live. Unless court ordered restrictions exist, these offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever he/she chooses.
Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it wasn't until passage of the Sex Offender Registration law that law enforcement even knew where they were living. In many cases, law enforcement is now able to share that information with you. Citizen abuse of this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders will not be tolerated. Further, such abuse could potentially end law enforcement's ability to provide community notifications. We believe the only person who wins if community notification ends is the sex offender, since sex offenders derive their power through secrecy.
If you have information regarding current criminal activity of any offender, please call your local law enforcement agency.