A 2002 study by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) of the United States Department of Justice following 9,691 male sex offenders released from prisons in 15 US states in 1994 indicated that within the first 3 years following their release, rearrest and reconviction rates for new sex offenses were 5.3 and 3.5 percent, respectively; that is, about 1 in 19 of released sex offenders were arrested within three years for another sex crime.

In some states public urination, having sex on a beach, In looking at various types of offenses, an example of a digital obscenity offense is child pornography.

In the modern world of technology, many jurisdictions are reforming their laws to prevent the over-prosecution of sex offenders and focusing on crimes involving a victim.

The highest-level offenders generally must register for their entire lives; low-level offenders may only need to register for a period of time.

The level of recidivism in sexual offenders is lower than is commonly believed.

Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison (5.3 percent of sex offenders, versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders).

An estimated 24 percent of those serving time for rape and 19 percent of those serving time for sexual assault had been on probation (or parole) at the time of the offense for which they were in state prison in 1991. An estimated 3.3 percent of these 4,300 were rearrested for another sex crime against a child within 3 years of release from prison.

In the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries, a convicted sex offender is often required to register with the respective jurisdiction's sex offender registry. S., registry databases are often open to the public.

Sexual offenders are sometimes classified by level.

Of released sex offenders who allegedly committed another sex crime, 40 percent perpetrated the new offense within a year or less from their prison discharge.

Within three years of release, 2.5 percent of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2 percent of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.

Child molesters were, on average, five years older than violent offenders who committed their crimes against adults.