2015 ORS 163A.125¹
Relief from reporting obligation for sex offenders classified under ORS 163A.100
  • reclassification
  • procedure

(1)(a) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to a conviction for a sex crime and is classified as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1) may petition the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to relieve the person from the obligation to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state).

(b) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to being found guilty except for insanity under ORS 161.295 (Effect of mental disease or defect) for a sex crime, and is classified as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1), may petition the Psychiatric Security Review Board to relieve the person from the obligation to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state).

(c)(A) Except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, a person described in paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection may file the petition no sooner than five years after the date supervision for the sex crime is terminated or, if the person was not subject to supervision for the sex crime, five years after the date the person was discharged from the jurisdiction of the court, Psychiatric Security Review Board or Oregon Health Authority.

(B) A person who was reclassified under subsection (2) of this section from a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) to a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1) may file the petition no sooner than five years after the date of reclassification.

(d) Notwithstanding paragraph (c) of this subsection, if a person is required to report because of a conviction or finding of guilty except for insanity from another United States court as that term is defined in ORS 163A.005 (Definitions for ORS 163A.005 to 163A.235), the person may not petition for relief from reporting as a sex offender in Oregon unless the laws of the jurisdiction where the person was convicted or found guilty except for insanity would permit a petition for relief from reporting as a sex offender.

(2)(a) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to a conviction for a sex crime and is classified as a level three sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (3) may petition the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to reclassify the person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2).

(b) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to being found guilty except for insanity under ORS 161.295 (Effect of mental disease or defect) for a sex crime, and is classified as a level three sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (3), may petition the Psychiatric Security Review Board to reclassify the person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2).

(c) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to a conviction for a sex crime and is classified as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) may petition the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision to reclassify the person as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1).

(d) A person who is required to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) due to being found guilty except for insanity under ORS 161.295 (Effect of mental disease or defect) for a sex crime, and is classified as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2), may petition the Psychiatric Security Review Board to reclassify the person as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1).

(e) The petition described in this subsection may be filed no sooner than 10 years after the date supervision for the sex crime is terminated or, if the person was not subject to supervision for the sex crime, 10 years after the date the person was discharged from the jurisdiction of the court, Psychiatric Security Review Board or Oregon Health Authority.

(3)(a) The State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall deny a petition filed under this section if, at any time after the person is convicted or found guilty except for insanity of a sex crime, the person is convicted of or found guilty except for insanity of a person felony or a person Class A misdemeanor, as those terms are defined in the rules of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.

(b) The appropriate board shall deny a petition filed under subsection (2)(c) or (d) of this section if the board has previously reclassified the person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) as the result of a petition filed under subsection (2)(a) or (b) of this section.

(4)(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, if a person files a petition under subsection (1) of this section, the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall hold a hearing. At the hearing, the board shall enter an order relieving the person of the obligation to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) if the board determines, by clear and convincing evidence, that the person:

(A) Is statistically unlikely to reoffend; and

(B) Does not pose a threat to the safety of the public.

(b)(A) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, if a person files a petition under subsection (2)(a) or (b) of this section, the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall hold a hearing. At the hearing, the board shall enter an order reclassifying the person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) if, after completion of a new risk assessment utilizing the risk assessment methodology described in ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology), the person is classified as presenting a low or moderate risk of reoffending and the board determines that a lower level of notification is sufficient to protect public safety.

(B) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, if a person files a petition under subsection (2)(c) or (d) of this section, the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall hold a hearing. At the hearing, the board shall enter an order reclassifying the person as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1) if, after completion of a new risk assessment utilizing the risk assessment methodology described in ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology), the person is classified as presenting a low risk of reoffending and the board determines that a lower level of notification is sufficient to protect public safety.

(5) In making the determinations described in subsection (4) of this section, the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall consider:

(a) The nature of and degree of violence involved in the offense that requires reporting;

(b) The age and number of victims of the offense that requires reporting;

(c) The age of the person at the time of the offense that requires reporting;

(d) The length of time since the offense that requires reporting and the time period during which the person has not reoffended;

(e) The person’s performance on supervision for the offense that requires reporting;

(f) Whether the person has participated in or successfully completed a court-approved sex offender treatment program or any other rehabilitative programs;

(g) The person’s stability in employment and housing;

(h) The person’s community and personal support system;

(i) Other criminal and relevant noncriminal behavior of the person both before and after the offense that requires reporting; and

(j) Any other relevant factors.

(6)(a) The Attorney General may represent the state at a hearing conducted under this section unless the district attorney of the county in which the person was convicted or, if the conviction for which the person is required to report as a sex offender was entered in another United States court, the district attorney of the county in which the person resides, elects to represent the state.

(b) If a district attorney elects to represent the state, the district attorney shall give timely written notice of the election to the Attorney General, the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board and the person who is the subject of the hearing.

(c) If the district attorney declines to represent the state, the district attorney shall cooperate with the Attorney General in securing the material necessary to represent the state.

(7)(a) When the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision or the Psychiatric Security Review Board enters an order under this section relieving a person of the obligation to report as a sex offender under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state) or enters an order reclassifying a person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) or as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1), the board shall forward a copy of the order to the Department of State Police.

(b) Upon receipt of an order relieving a person of the obligation to report, the department shall remove from the Law Enforcement Data System the sex offender information obtained from the sex offender registration form submitted under ORS 163A.010 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, paroled or released from correctional facility or another United States jurisdiction), 163A.015 (Reporting by sex offender discharged, released or placed on probation by court or another United States jurisdiction) or 163A.020 (Reporting by sex offender upon moving into state).

(c) Upon receipt of an order reclassifying a person as a level two sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (2) or as a level one sex offender under ORS 163A.100 (Risk assessment methodology) (1), the department shall update the Law Enforcement Data System to reflect the reclassification.

(8) The State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall adopt rules to carry out the provisions of this section. The rules may include a filing fee in an amount determined by the appropriate board. All fees paid under this subsection shall be deposited into the General Fund and credited to the account of the appropriate board.

(9) As used in this section, "supervision" means probation, parole, post-prison supervision or any other form of supervised or conditional release. [Formerly 181.821]

Note: See notes under 163A.115 (When certain classification required).


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163A—Sex Offender Reporting and Classification, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163A.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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