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Registration as a sex offender a consequence for some convictions

Those who are accused of sexual assault should take those charges seriously. Individuals in Ontario who are convicted of this crime could face time behind bars and have to registers as a sex offender. While the sex offender registration does not affect someone convicted of a sex crime until he or she is no longer imprisoned, for some, its impact will be harder to bear than incarceration.

People convicted of many different sex crimes could be subject to the registration. In addition, to sexual assault, sex crimes involving children and disabled individuals are found on the list. So too are those involving computers such as luring a child with the device or child pornography. Individuals found guilty of prostitution and incest will also have to register as a sex offender.

Those who must register as a sex offender will find that they have to disclose a lot of personal information. In addition to name, address and telephone numbers, the Ontario's Sex Offender Registry requires that individuals include information about the crimes they were convicted of committing and the vehicles they drive. They must also provide a physical description complete with photos of tattoos, scars and other identifying marks.

The information provided by a person convicted of a sex crime in the province is managed by the Ontario Provincial Police. While that information is not available to the general public, it is available to law enforcement officers, at any time, for the purpose of monitoring sex offenders or to aid in an investigation.

It is likely that many who find they have to disclose this information could feel that their privacy has been invaded. To help avoid this outcome it is important to work with a criminal defence lawyer to fight the initial charges.