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Sex Offenders

The following information is provided by the North Dakota Attorney General's Office. We hope that this information will assist you in understanding what is being done by the Devils Lake Police Department and the State of North Dakota to offer protection to the public in terms of sex offender registration, tracking, and community notification.

It is important for the public to realize that sex offenders who have registered and complied with the law as court ordered, still have rights. The Devils Lake Police Department will take seriously any harassment, assaults, or any other crime committed against an offender. We also intend to continuously monitor the offenders as closely as is legal and practical and to fulfill all legal requirements concerning the public notification and safety of all our citizens. If you have questions regarding sex offenders in our area, please feel free to contact the Police Department at (701) 662-0700.Sex Offenders

For more information about sex offender registration or to learn who is registered near your residence visit the North Dakota Attorney General's Web Site at http://www.sexoffender.nd.gov. Note: only high risk, delinquent, and lifetime registrants are posted on the website. Offenders Against Children are not displayed even if they have committed more than one non-sexual crime. However, Offenders Against Children will be displayed on the Delinquent Offenders page if they are not compliant with their registration requirements. Offender information provided to the public includes the offender's name, address, last date that address was verified, offense, sentence, conviction date, court, and the date the registration requirement expires. Additional information is provided for high risk offenders, those with a lifetime registration requirement, and delinquent offenders.

Registerable Offenses

Offenders must register in North Dakota if they have pled guilty to or been convicted of certain criminal offenses. A person must also register if that person has pled guilty or 'nolo contendere' to, or been found guilty of, an offense in another court in the United States, a tribal court, or court of another country, which is equivalent to those offenses. The registration statute is found in N.D.C.C. 12.1-32-15.

Offenders Against Children

Individuals convicted of crimes that are not sex offenses but which involve, for example, force against or restraint of a child, are required to register as an "offender against children." Offenders against children are listed on the state's offender registry but are not sex offenders.

Juvenile Requirement to Register

A juvenile offender may be required to register if the offender has been convicted of, or plead guilty or 'nolo contendere' to, an offense under N.D.C.C. 12.1-32-15. A juvenile offender's information is listed on the offender registry only if the offender is high risk, delinquent, or has a lifetime requirement to register.

Risk Level

If an offender is incarcerated for a registerable offense, the risk assessment is conducted shortly before the offender's release. If the offender is not incarcerated, the risk assessment process begins within a few days of when the offender first registers in this state.

The "risk" factor is assigned by a team consisting of representatives from the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, local law enforcement, victims' services, juvenile services, and other professionals. The team reviews each offender's criminal history, evaluations and other pertinent documents in order to assign the individual either a low, moderate, or high risk level (for re-offenders). Risk assessments are conducted regularly and the website is updated continually to add new offenders. In an offender is later convicted of additional offenses, the offender's risk level would be reassessed.

What Does High Risk Mean

Statistically the most likely to commit another sexual offense, high risk offenders have typically committed more than one offense, have refused to engage in sex offender treatment, or have engaged in behaviors that contribute to an elevated level of risk. This group typically constitutes about 15 percent of the total offender population.

Required Registration Period

  • 15 years for LOW risk offenders
  • 25 years for MODERATE risk offenders
  • Lifetime for HIGH risk offenders
  • Lifetime if any one of the following three conditions are present:

    • The individual is a repeat felony sexual offender or offender against children

    • The individual has pled guilty to, or been found guilty of an offense committed after August 1, 1999, which is Gross Sexual Imposition involving force or threat of serious bodily injury or kidnapping; Gross Sexual Imposition in which the offender is an adult and the victim is under age 12; or, which is Kidnapping and the adult offender is other than the victim's parent

    • The individual has been civilly committed as a sexually dangerous individual under chapter 25-03.3, under the laws of another state, or by the federal government.

The period of registration begins after the date of sentencing, after the date of order deferring or suspending sentence upon a plea or finding of guilt, or after release from incarceration, whichever is later.

If an offender's risk level is reassessed it is possible that his/her registration period could be changed accordingly.

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Sex Offenses


The following is a list of the North Dakota Century Code sections relating to the different offenses for which registration is rSex Crimesequired:

  • Gross Sexual Imposition
  • Continuous Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Imposition
  • Corruption of Minors
  • Luring Minors by Computer
  • Sexual Abuse of Wards
  • Sexual Assault (Class C Felony and Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Incest
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Surreptitious Intrusion
  • Sexual Performance by Children (All Offenses)

Offenses Against Children

The following is a list of the North Dakota Century Code sections relating to the different offenses against children: Keep Them Safe

  • Homicide (All Offenses)
  • Assault (Felony Only)
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Terrorizing
  • Stalking (Felony Only)
  • Kidnapping
  • Felonious Restraint
  • Removal of Child from State in Violation of Custody Decree
  • Prostitution (All Offenses)
  • Criminal Child Abuse

How Often Is Offender Information Updated

Address information is routinely verified very three months for lifetime registrants and every six months for other offenders. Offender employment and other information also are regularly verified. The offender's photograph is updated regularly.

How Accurate Is Offender Information

Every effort is made to ensure that the information is as accurate as possible. However, people may move frequently or change employment, and it is possible that the State's information has not kept up with a recent move if an offender has failed to make the notifications required by law, or if the information has not yet reached the State's office. The State website is updated every time there is a change to information on the official sex offender information system. The State asks the public to contact them if discrepancies are found between the information presented on the website and the known location of a registered offender. They can be emailed at ndag@nd.gov or call (701) 328-2210.

What Process Must The Offender Complete To Register

The offender is given registration papers before leaving court or a correctional facility. Those papers show the address where the offender has said he/she will be living. A copy of this registration form is sent to the Office of Attorney General, who then notifies the local law enforcement agency (Police Department or Sheriff's Department) to expect the offender.

Within 3 days of arriving at a new location, the offender must take the registration papers to the law enforcement agency where he/she will be living, working or attending school. At the law enforcement agency the offender is fingerprinted and photographed and they ensure that a DNA sample has been taken. A copy of the completed registration form is sent to the Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

At least 10 days prior to changing residences, employment, or school, the offender must go back to the local law enforcement agency to complete a change of address form. If the offender moves outside the local jurisdiction, the offender must re-register with the law enforcement agency in the new jurisdiction within 3 days of arriving there.

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Offender Registration Information


The offender is required to provide all of the following applicable information, and to notify the law enforcement agency if there are an changes. If an offender moves within the city or county where that individual is already registered, the offender must notify that law enforcement agency at least ten days before the change of address.Sex Offenders Registry

  • Residence address
  • Employer(s) address
  • School information
  • Motor vehicle
  • Email address and social networking information

What Happens If An Offender Does Not Register

There is a paper trail that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation tracks to make sure that offenders register as required. When an offender fails to register, law enforcement agencies are notified to search for the individual. When arrested on the warrant for failure to register, the county State's Attorney prosecutes the offender for that crime. A first offense is a Class C felony, for which a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment, a fine of $5,000, or both, may be imposed.

How Will I Know If An Offender Lives In Or Moves Into Our Neighborhood

Information about the movements of high risk or lifetime registrants is available from several sources. The Office of the Attorney General offers an email service which provides notification when those sex offenders move in or around a city. For email notification: Register Here.

Local law enforcement agencies also notify the public about high risk offenders. High risk offenders will be posted in the Devils Lake Journal and a neighborhood mailing will be sent out.

What Steps Should I Take To Protect My Family And Myself If An Offender Moves Into Our Neighborhood

You might consider the following protective measures:

  • Foster good communication with your children - alert your children without scaring them with graphic details Instructions to stay away and report any disturbing or suspicious activity should be sufficient

  • Point out to your children where the offender lives and what he or she looks like

  • Work with your neighbors to watch out for each other's children

  • Report any suspicious activity to the police

  • Monitor your child's internet activity

  • Use appropriate home security measures


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