The law here in Nevada dictates that those people convicted of certain sex crimes must register as a sex offender with local law enforcement officials. In the event they fail to do so within a designated timeframe, they may face a felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender, which is punishable by fines of up to $5,000 and up to four years in prison for a first offense.
Interestingly, state lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would add yet another offense to the list of sex crimes mandating registration.
Sponsored by Senator Becky Harris (R-Las Vegas), Senate Bill 192 would essentially bolster the law passed back in 1997 prohibiting teachers from engaging in any form of sexual conduct with students.
Specifically, it calls for the following:
- Mandate sex offender registration for convicted teachers
- Expand the age of student protection from 17 to 18 to account for those students who take college-level courses
Supporters of the bill have argued that it would prevent scenarios where convicted parties could resume teaching after having their criminal record expunged and is in line with ongoing efforts in the state to protect students from victimization.
Some of those convicted of unlawful sexual conduct under the 1997 law have surprisingly expressed support for SB 192, but also argued that lifetime registration is perhaps unnecessarily punitive. Indeed, at least one person called for an amendment that would allow nonviolent offenders to petition for removal from the sex offender registry after seven years.
It remains to be seen whether SB 192 gains sufficient traction during this legislative session. Stay tuned for updates.
Consider speaking with an experienced legal professional as soon as possible if you’ve been charged with failure to register as doing so can help ensure the protection of your rights and your future.
Source: The Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Teachers who have sex with students would have to register as sex offenders,” Sandra Chereb, March 5, 2015