Sex Offender Compliance
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- Community Notification
Welcome to the Arizona Sex Offender Information page. This page provides information to the public concerning the location of sex offenders in Arizona. This page is NOT intended to supersede the community notification, but rather, it allows the criminal justice community to promote public awareness concerning the potential threat that sex offenders pose to Arizona citizens. An informed public is a safer public!
Realizing that it is impossible to notify every citizen about a sex offender's presence in their community, this site will empower you to obtain information and take the appropriate precautions. Supplying the public with information regarding convicted sex offenders is a critical step towards encouraging the public to protect themselves from potential future acts.
In accordance with A.R.S. 13-3827, the Arizona Department of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining the internet sex offender website and verifying the name, address and photograph of each sex offender in Arizona on a daily basis.
Thank you for your interest in contacting the Sex Offender Compliance Unit of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. You may contact us using any of the following methods.
• Email: Sex Offender Compliance Unit
• Phone: (602) 255-0611
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Sex Offender Compliance
P.O. Box 6638 | Mail Drop # 9999
Phoenix, AZ 85005-6638
Below is a list of county contacts and registration locations. Please click on the county for additional information.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety maintains a current list of published registered sex offenders. This list is available in a downloadable form. Information is provided for sex offenders with risk assessment scores of Level 2, Level 3 and those who meet the requirements outlined in A.R.S. 13-3827.
Pursuant to A.R.S. 39-121.03, this list cannot be obtained using this form for a commercial purpose. To obtain the list for a commercial purpose, contact the Sex Offender Compliance Unit at 602-255-0611.
The information provided in the downloadable list is intended for community safety purposes only and should not be used to threaten, intimidate or harass. Misuse of this information may result in criminal prosecution.
To download the CSV file: Right-click on “Download the Sex Offender List” and select “Save Link As” and save as a Text Document.Open your spreadsheet software (MS Excel, Google Sheets, Apple Numbers, etc.) and open your recently saved file. Save the text document as comma-separated values.
Sexual Offense Laws
- 13-1401 Definitions; factors
- 13-1402 Indecent exposure; exception; classification
- 13-1403 Public sexual indecency; public sexual indecency to a minor; classifications
- 13-1404 Sexual abuse; classifications
- 13-1405 Sexual conduct with a minor; classifications
- 13-1406 Sexual assault; classification; increased punishment
- 13-1407 Defenses
- 13-1408 Adultery; classification; punishment; limitation on prosecution
- 13-1410 Molestation of a child; classification
- 13-1411 Bestiality; classification; definition
- 13-1413 Capacity of minor sexual assault victim to consent to medical attention
- 13-1414 Expenses to investigation
- 13-1415 Human immunodeficiency virus and sexually transmitted disease testing; victim's rights; petition; definitions
- 13-1416 Admissibility of minor's statement; notice
- 13-1417 Continuous sexual abuse of a child; classification
- 13-1418 Sexual misconduct; behavioral health professionals; classification
- 13-1419 Unlawful sexual conduct; correctional facilities; classification; definition
- 13-1420 Sexual offense; evidence of similar crimes; definition
- 13-1421 Evidence relating to victim's chastity; pretrial hearing
- 13-1422 Adult oriented businesses; location; hours of operation; injunction; classification; definitions
- 13-1423 Violent sexual assault; natural life sentence
- 13-1424 Voyeurism; classification
- 13-1425 Unlawful disclosure of images depicting states of nudity or specific sexual activities; classification; definitions
- 13-1303 Unlawful imprisonment; classification
- 13-1304 Kidnapping; classification; consecutive sentence
- 13-3206 Taking child for purpose of prostitution; classification
- 13-3212 Child prostitution; classification; increased punishment
- 13-3552 Commercial sexual exploitation of a minor; classification
- 13-3553 Sexual exploitation of a minor; evidence; exemption; classification
- 13-3554 Luring a minor for sexual exploitation; classification
Arizona Revised Statutes
For additional information on Arizona laws not listed above, please visit the Arizona Revised Statutes website.
For additional information and resources, please visit the following related websites:
• Arizona Crime Victims Services
• Center for Sex Offender Management
• National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
• National Sex Offender Public Website
• Arizona Department of Corrections
• Arizona Department of Education
In 1994 the sexual assault and brutal murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka by her neighbor, a recently released sex offender, ignited a national campaign to enact laws requiring communities to be informed about convicted sex offenders living in their neighborhoods. This effort resulted in the federal community notification statute labeled "Megan's Law".
On June 1, 1996, Arizona adopted its version of "Megan's Law" by enacting the Sex Offender Community Notification statutes. While records indicate that Arizona had laws regarding sex offender registration as early as 1939, never before has so much emphasis been focused on the sex offender population.
The community notification process in Arizona is triggered by a sex offender's release from jail/prison or sentence to probation. When this occurs, the respective county adult probation agency or Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) is required to enter information about the offender into a statewide accessible database. One portion of this information involves the sex offender risk assessment.
The risk assessment is a screening tool designed to provide criminal justice practitioners with the ability to predict a sex offender's risk of recidivism. The Arizona risk assessment evaluates nineteen different criteria that have been identified by treatment experts as good predictors of future behavior. Each criterion is evaluated and assigned a point value, which ultimately is totaled for recommending an appropriate community notification level of 1, 2, or 3.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) § 13-3825, once the appropriate community notification level is established, the local law enforcement agency is required to complete a community notification. Law enforcement has complete discretion regarding community notification for Level 1 offenders; however, state law requires mandatory community notification on all offenders assessed as a Level 2 or Level 3, and those offenders who meet the requirements outlined in A.R.S. § 13-3827. This includes notification to the "surrounding neighborhood, area schools, appropriate community groups, and prospective employers. The notification shall include a flyer with a photograph and exact address of the offender as well as a summary of the offender's status and criminal background. A press release and a level two or three flyers shall be given to the local electronic and print media to enable information to be placed in a local publication."
Successful community notification is dependent upon three factors: communication, education, and a zero-tolerance approach to harassment or vigilantism. Often the public does not understand how or why a sex offender is moving into their neighborhood. As such, it is the responsibility of all appropriate criminal justice agencies to engage in a collaborative effort to provide accurate and meaningful information to the public. To facilitate this exchange of information, many law enforcement agencies conduct public meetings and attend "Block Watch" meetings to answer questions and relieve fears. Finally, a zero-tolerance approach regarding harassment and vigilantism reinforces the true meaning of community notification: to empower the public with knowledge that can be used to protect themselves and their families from becoming victims.
What is the significance of June 1, 1996?
This is the date that Arizona implemented the community notification laws. Any person released from jail, prison, or sentenced to probation on or after this date is subject to community notification. Additionally, any person convicted prior to June 1, 1996, may be subject to community notification after completion of a risk assessment by a law enforcement agency.
How is risk level determined?
Prior to an offender's release or sentence to probation, the agency that had custody of the individual completes a risk assessment screening profile. This instrument evaluates nineteen criteria that are considered to be significant factors contributing to sex offender recidivism. Each criterion is given a score, which is then totaled to arrive at the recommended risk level. All criminal justice agencies must use the standardized Arizona Risk Assessment, however, occasionally law enforcement discovers information which can affect an offender's risk level. As such, law enforcement is given the discretion to either accept the recommended risk level or complete another risk assessment.
Are risk levels consistent nationwide?
No, each state has slightly different community notification laws, implementation dates, and risk assessment instruments.
What is a "predator"?
In Arizona, all sex offenders classified as "predator" are housed at the State Hospital. Once an offender completes his sentence and is scheduled for release, the offender may be reviewed for violent sexual predator criteria. If it is determined that the offender is a violent sexual predator, Arizona law provides for a civil commitment to the Arizona State Hospital. The sex offender may request an annual review to determine if he is eligible for release into society, at which time the label "predator" is removed.
What agency registers sex offenders?
The county sheriff is responsible for registering sex offenders living within their county.
Do I have to register if I am visiting/vacationing in Arizona?
Yes, if you are required to register within seventy-two hours, excluding weekends and legal holidays, after entering and remaining for at least seventy-two hours in any county of this state, shall register with the sheriff of that county: Failure to comply is a Class 4 Felony.
What are the requirements of a sex offender if he changes his address?
The offender has 72 hours, excluding weekends and legal holidays, to complete a change of address. This must be completed in person, on a sex offender registration form. Failure to comply is a Class 4 Felony.
Can non-sexual offenses require sex offender registration/notification?
Yes, judges have the authority to court order sex offender registration if there was a finding of sexual motivation.
Do registration and community notification laws apply to juveniles?
Although registration is mandatory for adults, it is not for juveniles. If a juvenile is adjudicated delinquent of an act that would require an adult to register, the court can require the juvenile to register until the age of twenty-five. Community notification laws may apply if ordered by the court.
Are all sex offenders required to obtain a special Arizona drivers license or identification credential?
Yes, all sex offenders are required to obtain a credential from the MVD. The credential which is obtained annually, looks identical to any other license except when a law enforcement official checks the status of the credential it indicates that the individual is subject to sex offender registration. Failure to obtain this credential is a Class 6 felony with a mandatory $250 assessment.
How can I obtain more detailed information concerning a particular conviction?
It is incumbent upon the user to contact the court in the "convicting jurisdiction" to gain access to these public documents.
Are sex offenders prohibited from living near schools/daycare centers?
Some sex offenders are prohibited from living close to schools or child care facilities. Information concerning such restrictions can be found in A.R.S. 13-3727.
• Arizona has approximately 14,192 registered sex offenders (as of 07/01/2019).
• Sex offenders come from all walks of life and from all socio-economic groups. They can be male or female, rich or poor, employed or unemployed, religious or non-religious, educated or uneducated and from any race.
• Although some sex offenders are strangers and stalkers, many know the victim as a family member, friend or neighbor. They win a child's trust and then take advantage of that trust.
• Potential victims are likely to be children that are poor, neglected, loners or runaways.
• Many pedophiles seek out mothers of single parent families for the purpose of victimizing children.
• Sex offenders often like playgrounds and other places where children congregate.
• Most sex offenders groom their victims prior to any crime.
Offenders may position themselves to come in contact with children by:
• Creating playground environments where victims have access to toys, games and other things that will later be traded for sex.
• Enticing with attention, affection, gifts, promises and providing alcohol and pornography to lower inhibitions.
• Participating in activities with teens, often excluding other adults, or trying to get teens into situations where no other adults are present.
• Preying on either a parent/teen desire to excel in a sport. They provide extra assistance and offer special attention.
• Being the "nice guy" in the neighborhood who is willing to entertain children and take them on outings.
• Operating businesses that hire teens and looking for excuses requiring them to stay after hours or visit offender's homes.
• Seeking employment or volunteering where they will be in contact with children and teens.