What are the New York sex offender designations?

Certain designations are applied to some sex offenders, which affect how the registry laws apply to them.

A “sexually violent offender” is someone convicted of a sexually violent offense as defined in section 168-a of the New York Correction Law.

A “sexual predator” is a sexually violent offender who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, which makes them likely to engage in further predatory offenses.

A “predicate sex offender” is someone convicted of a sex offense after already having been convicted of a previous sex offense.

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