Like many metro area cities, Lakewood has sex offenders n the community. On these pages you will find information about how to research offenders in your area and resources on sex offenders. Two helpful websites are the State of Colorado sex offender registry or SOTAR.
Below is a list of sex offender characteristics. Other information on sex offenders, and sexually violent predators can be found on the menu.
- Most offenders commit multiple crimes against multiple types of victims with whom they have varying types of relationships (adults, children, male, female, known, and unknown). This behavior is known as crossover.
- Sex offenders rarely commit just one type of offense. Many offenders have NO criminal history or sex crime history of any kind.
- There is no such thing as a "typical" sex offender; however, all tend to be manipulative, deceptive and secretive. Sex offenders come from all backgrounds, ages, income levels and professions.
- The majority of offenses (78-90 percent) are committed by someone the victim knows.
- Sexual deviancy often begins in mid to late adolescence (Abel 1995).
- Sex offenders do not usually commit their crimes impulsively. They usually employ careful planning and preliminary steps that, if interrupted, can prevent an actual crime (CSOM).
- The vast majority of sex offenders are male; only 20 percent of child sex offenses are committed by women (ATSA 1996).
Sexual Abuse Includes
- Fondling or touching the child's private parts.
- Forcing the child to touch another's private parts.
- Exposing children to adult sexual activity.
- Exposing children to pornographic materials.
- Having children perform in pornographic movies.
- Having children posing for pornographic materials.
- Sexual intercourse.
- One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before age 18.
- 85 percent of child sexual abuse is committed by relatives, close family friends or an adult that the child knows and trusts.
- The median age that girls and boys are sexually abused is 9 years old.
Teaching Personal Safety Rules
- Include personal safety rules around sexual abuse in your conversations about fire, traffic and bike safety.
- Discuss with children the difference between safe and unsafe touches. The key here is that they get to decide what feels safe and what feels unsafe.
- Teach children about private parts of their body and the proper names for all their private parts (private parts include mouth, chest, genitals or the area between their legs, and their bottom).
- Let children know that safety rules apply to all adults, not just strangers (this includes family members, friends, older kids, babysitters, etc.).
- Let children know that abuse is never their fault even if they don't follow the safety rules or are doing something that is against the rules when the abuse occurs.
- Let children know that their body belongs to them and it is not okay for another person to touch their private parts. Address exceptions to this rule and why there is a difference (medical exams, help with bathing or going to the bathroom, etc.).
- Teach children that it is okay to say NO if someone tries to touch their body or makes them do things that feel uncomfortable, no matter who the person is (this includes family members, friends, older kids, babysitters, etc.).
- Teach children to not keep secrets about touching or bad feelings no matter what the person said would happen if the child told.
- Teach children about the difference between a secret and a surprise.
- Talk to children about how to identify a safe adult for them to talk to if someone touches them. Encourage children to tell and keep telling until an adult does something to help them.
Most convicted sex offenders in Colorado are subject to the supervision of a criminal justice agency, either probation, parole, or community corrections.
Colorado Statute and the Sex Offender Management Board state that sex offenders are dangerous, in recognition of the harm they cause and their risk to re-offend. They also indicate that sexual offending is a behavioral disorder that cannot be "cured."
According to the Sex Offender Management Board, community safety is paramount and comes before the needs of the offender. Community safety means that the primary goal is to prevent the offender from victimizing any other person.
While sex offenders cannot be cured, it is believed that some can be managed. The combination of comprehensive treatment and carefully structured and monitored behavioral supervision conditions may assist some sex offenders to develop internal controls for their behaviors.
In Colorado, the system used to manage sex offenders who are placed in the community is called the Containment Approach. In order to best protect the public, sex offenders are never managed by an individual person, rather they are managed by community supervision teams consisting of supervising criminal justice officers (probation, parole officer or community corrections), polygraph examiners and treatment providers. Supervising officers set conditions for the offender, monitor their behavior, and can impose sanctions for infractions. Treatment providers gather information about the offender, assist with monitoring and administering a long-term comprehensive set of planned therapeutic interventions designed to change sexually abusive thoughts and behaviors. The polygraph examiner assist in gathering a full and accurate history of the offender's behavior and monitors current compliance with conditions and risk behaviors.
Sex offenders must waive confidentiality for evaluation, treatment, supervision, and case management purposes. All members of the team managing and treating each offender must have access to the same relevant information. Sex offenses are committed in secret, and all forms of secrecy potentially undermine the rehabilitation of sex offenders and threaten public safety. This approach has been identified through research to be the best way to manage adult convicted sex offenders in the community.
Successful containment, treatment, and management of sex offenders is enhanced by the involvement of family, friends, employers, and others who have influence in sex offenders' lives, when these people are willing to support the conditions and requirements of the criminal justice system.
Assignment to community supervision is a privilege, and sex offenders must be completely accountable for their behavior. They must agree to intensive and sometimes intrusive accountability measures that enable them to remain in the community rather than in prison. They must learn to be accountable to maintain the privilege of remaining under community supervision.
The above statistics and educational information was provided by the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board.
Please know that there are no perfect protection strategies. There is no way to predict all possible situations. These tips are intended to reduce, not eliminate the risk of assault.
- The primary responsibility for any sexual assault rests with the offender, and not the victim. Unfortunately, you can take all reasonable measures to reduce your risk and still be attacked.
- Knowledge is power. Though many sex offenders are NOT known to law enforcement, you can educate yourself about those known offenders who live in the community by contacting the Lakewood Police Department.
- Remember that most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows. The stranger does not pose the highest risk to you. In fact, 78-90 percent of sex offenders are known to their victims and include relatives, friends, and authority figures. If you feel uncomfortable in someone's presence, trust your instincts and take steps to distance yourself from that person. Don't be afraid to make a scene if necessary. Tell someone!
- Societal myths are beliefs that contribute to the continuation of sexual assault and abuse. Understand the current rape myths and help debunk them for others.
- Avoid high risk situations. Be observant and aware of your surroundings. Avoid poorly lit areas where an attacker might hide. Identify safe people in your neighborhood that you or your children can go to if you need help. Be thoughtful and use good judgment in choosing your friends and partners. Be careful about using alcohol or drugs; you are more vulnerable to attack if you are intoxicated. Do not leave your food or drink unattended at a party or in a public place. Don't be embarrassed to use security staff, at work or when shopping, to walk you to your car. Do not pick up hitchhikers or stop to help a stranger in a stalled vehicle; use a phone in a safe location to call for help. Be cautious about making personal contact with those you meet on the Internet or in other similar environments.
- Do not harass the offender. The purpose behind community notification is to reduce the chances that others will be victimized by this offender. The information should help you and your family in avoiding situations that allow easy victimization. Initiating contact with a sexually violent predator can increase your risk or or could drive the offender underground, placing others at greater risk.
Lakewood offender registrations are conducted by appointment only. Links are provided below for the required documentation if you would like to bring the forms with you to your appointment. To make an appointment, if you have questions, or need assistance please call the Lakewood Offender Registrars at 303-987-7576 or email SOAR@lakewoodco.org.
Appointments and Fees
- New Registration or Re-activation - $75 (for offenders who have never been registered in Lakewood before or you previously resided in the City of Lakewood and are returning to Lakewood)
- Quarterly and Yearly registrations - $25
- Address Changes - No Charge
- De-registrations - No Charge
IMPORTANT: Penalties for failure to comply with mandatory sex offender registration are substantial. In most cases, violation of the registration requirement constitutes a separate offense.
To access registration forms please select the links provided below:
The Lakewood Police Department is providing the following information pursuant to Colorado Revised Statutes 16-13-901 through 16-13-905, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public about a sex offender's release when the offender has been determined to be a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). The purpose of this notification is to enhance public safety.
The individuals depicted on the Sexually Violent Predators Released in Lakewood page have been convicted of a sex offense that requires law-enforcement registration. These people have been determined to present a high potential to re-offend and are, therefore, subject to community notification regarding their residence within the community.
Anyone who uses this information to harass, threaten or intimidate a registered sex offender, the person's family or anyone involved in the offender's management will be subject to criminal prosecution.
This information is intended for mature audiences and should not be viewed by children without parental supervision.
1. Talking to your child before an assault happens is the best prevention:
- Children are best protected by giving them the knowledge and skills necessary for their safety.
- Let your child know that safety rules apply to all adults including family members.
- Encourage your child to tell someone about secrets that are making her/him feel bad.
- Let your child know that you are available to talk and listen. Allow your child to share thoughts and listen closely to what they are telling you.
- Help your child understand who they can trust. Talk with your child about this and listen to their input.
- Tell your child that if someone touches her/him to tell and keep telling until someone listens.
- Instilling a sense of strong self-esteem in your child may help your child avoid feelings of responsibility and guilt if they are victimized.
- Open sexual communication at home can make it easier for children to disclose sexual abuse by minimizing discomfort.
- A child is never to blame for the abuse. Children cannot prevent abuse, only the offender can.
2. Knowing perpetrator tactics and how a child may react can help you detect sexual abuse:
- Offenders may threaten to hurt the child or a family member of the child if they tell anyone about the abuse. This is common regardless of whether the perpetrator is a family member, friend, acquaintance or stranger.
- A child often feels that she/he is to blame for the abuse. The offender may reinforce this by using guilt tactics on the child.
- Offenders often follow up abusive incidents with treats or gifts for the child. This is very confusing for the child and may make her/him feel guilty for accepting the gifts and/or for feeling bad about the abuse.
- Be aware if your child talks a lot about a particular adult or older person.
- Be aware of individuals (family member, friend, neighbor) who spend an inordinate amount of time with your child.
- It is common for a child to deny that abuse happened when it did or tell about the abuse and then recant their original statement. There is little evidence that children make false allegations of abuse.
3. Responding appropriately when your child is victimized can make all the different in her/his healing process:
- If you think abuse is going on, act on that feeling or instinct.
- Believe your child when they tell.
- Don't force a child to talk or stop talking about the abuse. Allow them to go at their own pace. Be patient.
- Remind your child how strong she/he was for telling about the abuse.
- Getting your child involved with a support group of peer survivors can help eliminate feelings of isolation.
- Get support for you and your child, this is a very difficult issue for any one person to handle.