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Sex Offender Classifications
Tier I Sex Offender
An adult or juvenile classified as a tier I sex offender has been convicted of (adult) or found delinquent by reason of (juvenile) a sexually oriented offense but has not been classified as either a tier II or tier III sex offender. Tier I sex offenders must register, once a year for 15 years, with the sheriff of the county in which the offender lives, works and attends school. Tier I sex offenders must also register whenever he or she changes residence.
Tier II Sex Offender
An adult or juvenile classified as a tier II sex offender has been convicted of (adult) or found delinquent by reason of (juvenile) one or more sexually oriented offenses. Tier II sex offenders must register every six months for 25 years with the sheriff of the county in which the offender lives, works and attends school. Tier II sex offenders must also register whenever he or she changes residence.
Tier III Sex Offender
An adult or juvenile classified as a tier III sex offender has been convicted of (adult) or found delinquent by reason of (juvenile) a very serious or violent sexually oriented offense and has been determined to likely commit sexually oriented offenses in the future. Tier III sex offender must register, every 90 days for life, with the sheriff of the county in which the offender lives, works and attends school. Tier III sex offenders must also register whenever he or she changes residence. Neighbors and other community entities, such as schools, day care centers and the like, are notified by the sheriff whenever a registered Tier III sex offender notifies the sheriff of the offender’s intention to reside within certain distances of such entities.
Disclaimer and General Requirements
To enter and view the sex offender registrant portion of this website, readers must review the following Disclaimer and General Requirements for sex offender registration and acknowledge having done so by clicking the button that appears at the end.
The Lucas County sheriff directs his employees to make a good faith attempt to ensure that sex offender registration information complies with Ohio law as it evolves and that the information is as current and accurate as it can be. Registration information, which is provided by the offenders themselves, is verified when offenders fulfill their statutory obligations to register and to verify their current addresses. Sex offenders sometimes do not fulfill their registration obligation or do not fully disclose truthful and accurate information. Other impediments to the complete, accurate, and timely transfer of sex offender registration sometimes occur as well. The sex offender registration that appears on this website, and elsewhere in the public record that is in the control of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, cannot therefore be certified as completely accurate or current. Because offenders tend to move often, the information that appears on this website or elsewhere in the public record cannot be considered as final and changes to the information can be affected without notice.
Readers are cautioned that errors, omissions or inaccuracies might occur in spite of good faith efforts to avoid them. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office does not assume liability for any untoward or criminal acts, assumptions, damages and the like that might result from reliance on information provided here and elsewhere in the public record in the control of the sheriff.
The descriptions of general requirements for sex offender registration and the definitions of sex offender classifications are offered as guidelines only. They are stated in laypersons’ terms, which are not the precise words of Ohio statute.
Since July 1997, Ohio statute has required that an adult convicted of (having plead guilty to) certain sexually oriented offenses (rape, sexual battery, gross sexual imposition, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and other related statutes enumerated in Ohio statute) register with the sheriff of the county in which the adult intends to live after being released from jail or prison. Depending on the seriousness of the offense for which the adult was convicted, the offender is classified as sexual predator, habitual sex offender – subject to community notification, habitual sex offender – not subject to community notification, or sexually oriented offender. These classifications are generally imposed at sentencing after a classification hearing by the sentencing judge.
The offender’s classification determines the frequency with which he or she must register with the sheriff as well as the duration of the registration requirement.
A classified sex offender is also required to notify with the sheriff of the applicable county in person whenever the offender changes his or her residence within the county, whenever the offender moves to another county, and whenever the offender moves to another state.
Since January 2002, similar kinds of registration and notification requirements imposed on adult sex offenders apply to juvenile sex offenders (that is, juveniles found delinquent in connection with sexually oriented offenses). These delinquent children are called juvenile sex offender registrants. In addition, the parents or guardians of juvenile offenders must accompany the juvenile offender when he or she registers or notifies the sheriff of address changes, and they must sign an acknowledgment of the parent or guardian’s legal obligation not to interfere with the juvenile offender’s registration and notification obligation.
If a sex offender is required under the law of another state to register, that same obligation is imposed on the offender when he or she moves into Ohio. Ohio law requires that the offender’s classification and registration requirements in the other state mirror those in Ohio.
To enter and view the sex offender registrant portion of this website, click "Accept and Proceed" to acknowledge having reviewed the Disclaimer and General Information above.