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Hitchcock Police Department: Sex Offender Frequently Asked Questions

Can sex offenders obtain an exemption from registration?

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Any juvenile sex offender may seek either a court order exempting the juvenile from registration or, alternatively, a court order classifying registration information as nonpublic. The exemption of adult offenders is very limited. Generally, an adult offender may ask a court for an exemption only if, at the time of the offense, the offender was under 19 years of age and the victim was at least 13 years of age, and the offense involved consensual conduct. Additionally, adult sex offenders may ask a court for an early termination of registration in cases where Texas law requires registration for a period of time that exceeds the minimum required registration period under the federal Jacob Wetterling Act.

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