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What Crimes Require Registering for the Minnesota Sex Offender Registry?

Being convicted of a sex crime may involve a number of changes in your life, including registering for the Minnesota sex offender registry. Do you know what crimes could earn you a place on the registry? If you are charged with one of these crimes, you could have to register for a minimum of ten years; or, depending on the crime, you could end up on the sex offender registry for the rest of your life.

Forced Sexual Contact

When most people think of forced sexual contact, they think of rape–but rape isn’t the only type of forced sexual contact that could land you a place on the Minnesota sex offender registry. Forced sexual contact may include any forced genital contact, including oral or anal stimulation. This includes forced sexual contact with anyone, including nursing home abuse and child abuse scenarios.

Child Pornography

If you are caught watching child pornography, you could face a long stay on the Minnesota sex offender registry. Simply looking at child porn, however, isn’t the only sex crime in Minnesota that could carry heavy sexual consequences. You may also be convicted of a sex crime if you chose to force a child to engage in sexual acts as part of a performance, including video taping that performance or forcing a minor to engage in sexual acts on stage or for the benefit of other watching individuals.


While kidnapping itself may not always be a sex crime, it can earn you a place on the sex offender registry. Any time you kidnap someone, removing them from the location where they have otherwise chosen to be and detaining them forcibly in another location, you can find yourself facing severe consequences, including a long-term place on the Minnesota sex offender registry.

Soliciting a Minor

Soliciting a minor can carry severe criminal penalties, including soliciting a minor over the internet. If you try to coerce a minor into sex or attempt to convince them to leave the safety of their home and join you for sex, or if you do coerce a minor into having sexual relations with you, you may find yourself with a place on the Minnesota sex offender registry. This includes sex between a minor and a legal adult when the minor has given consent.

Felony Indecent Exposure

Simply exposing your genitals to someone, especially accidentally, will not earn you a place on the sex offender registry. However, if you have been convicted of more than one instance of exposing yourself to a minor, or if you forcibly hold someone down while exposing your genitals to them, you may face felony indecent exposure. This crime includes severe criminal penalties and a place on the sex offender registry.

Registering for the Minnesota sex offender registry lets anyone see who you are and where you’re located. In Minnesota, a place on the sex offender registry does not prevent you from residing near parks or schools, nor are you forbidden from visiting them; however, these restrictions may be part of your probation. A listing on the Minnesota sex offender registry, however, may interfere with your ability to get a job, including the types of professions you can pursue and the locations where you can work. Not only that, you may face serious criminal penalties for sex offenses, including jail time and fines.

If you have been accused of a sex crime, including those that could earn you a place on the Minnesota sex offender registry, you need an attorney dedicated to protecting your freedoms and fighting for you as much as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help. 

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