Reformed in 1998, the Sexual Offenders Registration Notification and Community Right-to-Know Act discloses a sex offender's crimes to their community and local law enforcement agencies. The intent behind disclosure is twofold: the prevention of sex offender recidivism and public awareness.


The challenge for many, however, is found in comprehending the meaning of an offender's crimes. There are those who contend non-descript legal jargon is largely to blame. At present, the state of Idaho has  5,125 registered sex offenders according to the Idaho Sex Offender Registry. A kinetic and ever-evolving index maintained by the Idaho State Police, the following breakdown of Idaho's three ISOR classifications aim to provide context for concerned citizens who utilize the database.


CLASSIFICATION 1 || Registered Sex Offender: an adult charged with one or more of the felonies below (further detailed in Idaho State Code 18-8304):

  • Sexual abuse of a minor under 16
  • Ritualized abuse of a child
  • Assault, and/or battery with an attempt to commit rape, an infamous crime against nature, or lascivious or lewd engagement with a child
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Lewd conduct with a minor
  • Sexual battery of a minor sixteen-to-seventeen years-old
  • Enticement of a child or minor over the internet
  • Homicide committed in perpetration of rape
  • Second degree kidnapping where the victim is an unrelated minor child
  • Rape
  • Sodomy
  • For the complete list of sex offenses outlined by the Idaho State Police, follow this link.

CLASSIFICATION 2 || Violent Sexual Predator: Convicted of one (or more) of the felonies outlined in Classification 1 and deemed a high-risk re-offender by the Sexual Offender Classification Board.


CLASSIFICATION 3 || Juvenile Sex Offender: minors convicted as adults for any one or more felonies outlined in Classifications 1 and 2.



Q: How close to a school are registered sex offenders allowed to live?

A: Idaho law states registered sex offenders may not inhabit a home within 500 feet of schoolhouse property unless that person established residence prior to July 1, 2006.

Q: Is local law enforcement required to notify citizens when a registered sex offender moves into a neighborhood?

A: No. If so inclined, citizens are responsible for sourcing the information from Ada County Sheriff's Office or the Idaho State Police Central Sex Offender Registry.

Q: Are registered sex offenders prohibited from certain employment?

A: Registered sex offenders may not work in day cares or public schools.

Q: Are registered sex offenders allowed inside public parks where children are present?


Q: Are convicted sex offenders permitted to live in a home with children?


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