Do People Who Possess Child Pornography Have to Register as Sex Offenders?

Yes. All child pornography offenses require sex offender registration in New York State and under federal law. If you have been convicted of possession of child pornography (which is called "sexual performance by a child" under state law) and live in New York State you have to register, even if your conviction was federal or from another state.

There are three "levels" of registration, each carrying different consequences. For example, Level One or low-risk offenders are not routinely listed on the state's website. High risk offenders are not only listed, but must report to the police every 90 days for life.

The rules regarding the level of registration are changing rapidly. Before 2012, the courts held that all child pornography offenders were "presumptively" at SORA Risk Level Two, which requires lifetime registration and publication on the internet. The New York Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders appears to have overruled that holding but a new set of cases in 2014 from the Court of Appeals all but directed courts to disregard the Board's approach. If you have been convicted of a child pornography offense and have to register, check out our What's New pages covering child pornography or call our office at (212) 685-0999 for the latest information on sex offender registration for people convicted of child pornography offenses.

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