If citizens are unable to find sex offender registration
information through the DPS web site, where else may they locate this
Citizens may contact their local law enforcement agencies to get sex offender
registration information. Processing fees may be required.
How many sex offenders will re-offend?
In a comprehensive study of sex offenders, Dr. David Thornton found that
52% of high risk sex offenders and 10% of low risk sex offenders recidivated
within 15 years of their arrests. One of the important challenges facing
sex offender researchers today is the development of the most effective
instruments for sex offender risk assessment.
Does sex offender treatment really work?
The most comprehensive studies show that strong behavior modification
programs, such as those provided by registered sex offender therapists,
reduce recidivism. They also note that traditional "therapies"
show little effect on recidivism.
If citizens suspect someone of child sexual abuse, what should they
Texas law requires that anyone who suspects child abuse notify appropriate
law enforcement agencies or Child Protective Services. If abuse is never
reported, suspected abusers may always remain in the 84% of offenders
who are never reported to police, and thus allowed to continue creating
Why should treatment teams be concerned by sex offenders’ observation
of adult pornography?
As part of sex offender treatment, offenders learn how to control their
sexual thoughts and behavior. For many, they also learn that sexual preoccupation
is a part of their offense cycle. The use of pornography reinforces sexual
preoccupation, and some legal pornography can still be used to fuel offenders'
sexual fantasies of children.
What can citizens do about child pornography on the
Citizens may contact the Child Pornography Tip line operated by the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. Additionally,
they may access the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children website to report possession
of pornography or exploitation of children.
After completion of deferred supervision, are records wiped clean?
In some cases judges elect to “defer” convictions. In these
cases successful completion of community supervision negates the appearance
of convictions on offenders’ criminal histories. Records of arrests
and community supervisions in these instances, however, are never expunged
or erased. In most cases, sex offenders must continue to register as sex
offenders long after completion of deferred supervision.