Sex Offenders

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A person who has been convicted of committing certain criminal offenses under OCGA 42-1-12 must register with the Sheriff of the county they live in, or move to, 72 hours prior of moving to that county. Any person released from prison, placement on probation, parole or supervised release or entry into the State of Georgia, has within 72 hours to report to the appropriate Sheriff’s Office of the county where they reside to register as a Sex Offender.

The offender must be convicted of a crime that is, by its nature, a sexual offense, such as:

  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-1 Rape
  • O.C.G.A. 16-5-21 Aggravated Assault with the intent to rape
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-2 Sodomy (against a minor); Aggravated Sodomy (against a minor or an adult)
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-3 Statutory Rape (unless the age of the perpetrator is 18 years of age or younger)
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-4 Child Molestation; Aggravated Child Molestation
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-5 Enticing a child for indecent purposes
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-22.2 Aggravated Sexual Battery
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-5.1 Sexual Assault against persons in custody
  • O.C.G.A. 16-6-22 Incest
  • O.C.G.A. 16-12-100 Sexual Exploitation of Children
  • O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.1 Electronically furnishing obscene material to minors
  • O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.2 Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation
  • O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.3 Obscene telephone contact

In relation to crimes where the victim is a minor, O.C.G.A. 42-1-12 includes the following offenses under (a)(4)(A):

  1. Kidnapping of a minor, except by a parent
  2. False imprisonment of a minor except by a parent
  3. Criminal sexual contact toward a minor
  4. Solicitation of a minor to engage in sexual contact
  5. Use of a minor in sexual performance
  6. Solicitation of a minor to practice prostitution
  7. Any conduct that by its nature is a sexual offense against a minor

In order for an offender to qualify for registration in the state of Georgia, the offender must either be released from prison or placed on probation, parole or supervised release after July 1, 1996. If an offender who is required to register in another state moves to Georgia, the offender is required to register in the state of Georgia.

O.C.G.A. 42-1-12 (i)(3) states "the Georgia Bureau of Investigation or any sheriff maintaining records required under this code section shall release relevant information collected under this code section that is necessary to protect the public." However, due to the fact this information is continually changing, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office makes no expressed or implied guarantee concerning the accuracy of this information.

Sex Offender Registration

Registering as a Sex Offender in Forsyth County is done at our Permits & Ordinance Unit office, during normal business hours, 8:30am to 5:00pm:

Sheriff's Office Headquarters
100 East Courthouse Square
Cumming, GA 30040
Sex Offender Unit
Phone: 678-455-8518
Email: ForsythSOR@forsythco.com

***If possible, please call and make an appointment.***

Forsyth County Sex Offender Registry

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Registry


Sex Offender FAQ's:

1. Who is required to register?

2. What crimes require a person to register?

3. Can an Offender be around children?

4. Can a sex offender attend church?

5. Can a sex offender be employed at a church? Can he/she volunteer at a church?

6. Can a sex offender attend their child’s parent/teacher conferences or functions at school?

7. Can a sex offender take his/her child to school and pick him/her up?

8. What about the school bus stops?

9. Is a sex offender allowed to dine at an eating establishment where children congregate, or at an establishment that has a playground (i.e. such as Chucky Cheese or Burger King)?

10. Is it a matter of time before the offender commits another crime?

11. What do I tell my children about known offenders in our area?

12. What is Risk Assessment Classification?

13. What is Level 0?

14. What is Level 1?

15. What is Level 2?

16. What is Level 3?

17. What is an area where minors congregate?

18. How does a person register as a Sex Offender?

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