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Can a Texas Sex Offender Live Near Schools?

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There are a lot of laws that regulate the lives of sex offenders in any state, including Texas. Because there are so many of these laws it can be hard to keep everything straight and even harder to be sure you know everything. So can a Texas sex offender live near a school? This is a very important question, especially if you’re someone that has children and is concerned that sex offenders may be near the school.

Where can Texas Sex Offenders Live?

Because most sex offender laws are made on a state by state level, the only real exception being that each state is required to provide information on offenders that have a moderate to high chance of reoffending as a minimum, there can be a lot of differences in how each state chooses to govern their sex offenders. Where they can live and work is one common limitation that is put on sex offenders.

In the state of Texas, there is no such restriction on where a sex offender can live or work. That might sound like a bad thing, but there are a lot of factors involved that make it a much safer concept than it appears at a glance. Firstly, sex offenders must provide their address to law enforcement and if law enforcement sees that their address is near a school there’s a good chance that they will be keeping a close eye on the offender.

On the other side of things, it might sound like a sex offender could easily become a bus driver or school teacher and have unfettered access to children, but many jobs that give people any degree of authority over children will do a background check and if they see that the candidate is a sex offender, odds are they’ll go with another candidate as the safety of the children is the biggest priority to any place that solely deals with children.

How to Find the Texas Sex Offender Registry.

If the thought that a sex offender could be living right next to your child’s school and you want some peace of mind you may want to look at the Texas sex offender registry. The registry is where the public can find information about sex offenders, including addresses. You can search by address or zipcode and find all of the sex offenders that live within a specific radius of that address.

Sex Offender Safety is Important.

The United States has had many horrific tragedies occur involving sexual predators raping and murdering children. Ensuring that you know who in your community is a sex offender is just one of many safeguards for ensuring that your family is safe. While not every sex offender will recommit, enough do that it’s important to know who to keep an eye on to keep your family safe. 

***Registered Offenders List is a free online resource that strives to offer helpful content and resources to its visitors regarding registered sex offenders that live near you.