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Virgin Islands Laws Regarding Registration

Who must register?

What information must registrants provide?

How frequently must they register? And for how long?

Does the state categorize registrants by levels/tiers?

Response needed.

Does the state use risk assessments for registrants (other than supervised release)?

Response needed.

Do any registrants remain privately registered? If so, who?

No.
Link needed.

Are there special restrictions for registrants even after supervision? (State: Local jurisdictions: Yes/No)

Response needed.

Is there a process for removal from the registry? If so, who qualifies and what is the process?

Citizens on the registry can ask for a reduction, but not removal, in the required registration period.

14 V.I.C. § 1723 (d)(4) and (f) Court determination; territorial board
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What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who is visiting your state?

All visitors and individuals who are required to register pursuant to this chapter and who will be present in the territory for less than 30 days in any given year, must contact the Department of Justice in order to notify the Department of his or her presence in the territory as well as all arrival and departure information.

14 V.I.C. § 1721(j) Definitions
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What is the registration requirement for someone with a sexual offense who will be moving to your state to live or to attend school?

State Laws Regarding Sexual Offenses and Offenders, other than registration

What sexual offenses can people be convicted of, and what are the ranges of sentences?

14 V.I.C. § 1721A Covered Offenses (listing only Virgin Island offenses):
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(1) 14 V.I.C. § 1700 (Aggravated Rape).
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(2) 14 V.I.C. § 1700a. (Aggravated Rape in the Second Degree).
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(3) 14 V.I.C. § 1701 (Rape in the First Degree).
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(4) 14 V.I.C. § 1702 (Rape in the Second Degree when minor is under 16 but over 13 years of age).
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(5) 14 V.I.C. § 1708 (Unlawful Sexual Contact in the First Degree).
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(6) 14 V.I.C. § 1709 (Unlawful Sexual Contact in the Second Degree).
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(7) 14 V.I.C. §§ 707 & 1709 (Use of intimidation by reason of the actual or perceived race, religion, color, place of birth, sex or ethnicity or handicap of another individual or group of individuals when engaging in unlawful sexual contact) & (Unlawful sexual contact in the second degree).
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(8) 14 V.I.C. § 1024(b) (Distribution of child pornography).
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(9) 14 V.I.C. § 1025 (Distribution of obscene matter to a minor when the obscene matter depicts a minor engaging in sexual conduct and is distributed for the purpose of enticing the minor into engaging in sexual conduct).
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(10) 14 V.I.C. § 1027 (Employment of a Minor to Perform Prohibited Acts).
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(11) 14 V.I.C. § 1051 (False Imprisonment and Kidnapping) of a minor, (except by a parent).
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(12) 14 V.I.C. § 1052(b) (Kidnapping of persons for the purpose of rape).
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(13) 14 V.I.C. § 1622(2), (3), (4) (Prohibition on solicitation and use of minors in Prostitution).
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(14) V.I.C. § 1623 (Knowingly Leasing Property to be used for prostitution of minors).
(15) 14 V.I.C. § 1624 (Keeping house of prostitution of minors).
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(16) 14 V.I.C. § 1625 (Prohibition on Pandering when pandering involves the use of minors in sexual acts.
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(17) 14 V.I.C. § 121 (Abduction) (Use of invitation or device to prevail upon a person to visit any place for the purpose of prostitution of minors).
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(18) 14 V.I.C. § 134(a)(3) (Trafficking of persons for illegal sexual activity based upon convictions under 14 V.I.C. §§ 1622, 1623, 1624 &1625.
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(19) 14 V.I.C. § 505 (Child abuse as defined in 14 V.I.C. § 503(a) which involves the use of a minor for the purpose of exploitation or to engage in sexual conduct).
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(20) 14 V.I.C. § 506 (Aggravated child abuse when it involves the use of a minor for the purpose of exploitation or to engage in sexual conduct).
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(21) 14 V.I.C., § 489 (Computer Pornography).
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Does the state have lifetime supervision?

No.
Link needed.

Does the state have indeterminate sentencing?

No.
Link needed.

What are the state civil commitment laws?

None.
Link needed.

Are there “Romeo and Juliet” laws or other laws specific to young people?

Yes. It is not considered a sex offense if the person was at least thirteen (13) years old and the offender was not more than four (4) years older than the victim.

14 V.I.C. § 1721 (b)(1)(b). Definitions
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Info for State Advocates

Are felons allowed to vote? If so, when is this right restored?

No one in an overseas territory, felon or not, is allowed to vote in presidential elections per Article II, Section 1 of the US Constitution.

Felons do not have the right to vote. 18 V.I.C. § 263(b) Covers loss of franchise by felons; mental incompetents.
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What does the state say about persons who are required to register?

United States Virgin Islands Department of Justice Sex Offender Registry
https://usvi.nsopw.gov/

How does the state’s legislative process work?

How the VI legislative process works. It is not enunciated well by VI itself.
https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42843.pdf

How can I locate legislation regarding sexual offense issues?

Best keywords are:

Sex offender

Sign up for notifications of bill movement:

Bill Tracker, but only search is available
http://www.legvi.org/bill-tracker/

Most important legislative committees for our issues are:

Contact info for state legislators can be found at:

There are only 15 senators for the VI. The body of VI is unicameral. There are seven senators from St. Croix, seven senators from St. Thomas and one at-large Senator from St. John.
http://www.legvi.org/senators/

Other Useful State Information

Contact information for state registry office

Department of Justice Sexual Offender Registry
https://usvi.nsopw.gov/ContactUs.aspx

NARSOL state affiliate website or blog:

Response needed.

Other helpful information

Response needed.

virgin_islands.txt · Last modified: 2019/04/28 15:08 by zyin