Utah's adult sex offenders are required to register their names, addresses, pictures and other identifying information with the Utah Department of Corrections. Members of the public can search the registry to find out whether sex offenders live in their neighborhoods.
The sex offender registry is a response to the federal Sexual Offender (Jacob Wetterling) Act of 1994, also known as "Megan's law."
Using Utah's sex offender registry isn't difficult, but it might be a little confusing at first. These simple instructions can help you get started.
- Direct your computer's Web browser to http://corrections.utah.gov/services/sonar.html. This will take you to the Utah Department of Corrections' SONAR (Sex Offender Notification and Registration) website.
- Scroll to the middle of the page and read the user "Terms and Conditions." Scroll to the bottom of the page, then click on the box next to "I agree to the above terms and conditions," then click "Continue."
- Go back to the top of the page, and click on the tab marked "Search for Offenders in Your Area." Fill in your home address, or any other address, and click "Search."
- You will see a map pinpointing the location of any sex offender who lives within a two mile radius of your home or the address you searched. Click on any of the numbered balloons to see the offender's name, address, picture and other identifying information.
- You can decrease the radius searched using the clickable menu at the top right.
- Get more detail about any offender by clicking on "View Details" under the person's name.