The Iowa Sex Offender Registry became law on July 1, 1995 and is found in Chapter 692A Code of Iowa On or after July 1, 1995, an individual who has been convicted or adjudicated of a criminal offense against a minor, sexual exploitation, or a sexually violent crime or who was on probation, parole, or work release status, or who was incarcerated on or after July 1, 1995 is required to register.
Registration does include individuals that have received a deferred sentence or deferred judgments and can include convictions from other jurisdictions such as other states and/or federal convictions.
Any person who is required to register pursuant to Penal Code section 290 who accesses the websites search functionality is punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment. (k).) This penalty does not include viewing information on the Main page or within the links on that page. Only information on registered sex offenders allowed to be disclosed under California law appears on this website.
Under state law, some registered sex offenders are not subject to public disclosure, so they are not included on this site.
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The Act set forth guidelines for states to establish sex offender registry programs.
In 1996 the Wetterling Act was amended by Megan's Law, which requires states to release relevant information about registered sex offenders to protect the public.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety, (DPS) has a history of dedication and service to the citizens of Iowa and those who visit our state.
Since it was first established in 1939, DPS has been the chief law enforcement agency in the State of Iowa.
This law bears the name of Megan Kanka, a seven year old girl who was sexually molested and murdered by a convicted sex offender after being invited into his home to play with his new puppy.
Jetseta Marrie Gage was a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, child who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2005.
Jetseta's case prompted awareness and changes in sentencing and sex offender registration laws for those who commit child sex crimes in Iowa.