West Virginia State Code §15-12 entitled the Sex Offender Registration Act authorizes the electronic release of information regarding certain sex offenders required to register under West Virginia Law. The intent of the West Virginia Sex Offender Registration Act is to assist law enforcement agencies in their effort to protect the public from sex offenders by requiring sex offenders to register with the State Police Detachment in the county where they reside, and by making certain information about sex offenders available to the public. The West Virginia Legislature has declared that there is a compelling and necessary public interest that the public have information concerning persons convicted of sexual offenses in order to adequately protect themselves and their children from these persons. The Act is intended to be regulatory in nature, and not penal. This information is provided in the interest of public safety and should be used only in order to take appropriate precautions. The information accessed through the use of our website may not be used to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders and violations of law will be investigated by the West Virginia State Police.
The West Virginia State Police has no legal authority to direct where a sex offender may or may not live, and additionally, unless specific court ordered restrictions exist, offenders are constitutionally free to live wherever and with whomever they choose.
While all attempts are made to provide complete and accurate information, the West Virginia State Police do not guarantee the accuracy of the information made available to the public via the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry Website. The information released through this site is as complete as has been currently verified and processed by Registry Personnel. It should be noted and understood that the information released via this site may be in the process of being verified and/or changed OR the listed offender may have changed information without notifying the West Virginia State Police. The West Virginia State Police do not assess the specific risk for reoffense with regard to any offender released via the website.
The information available on this site is updated on a daily basis. If you do not find an individual with your initial search, you should check the site again in the future.