1. When a person who is required to register under this chapter is released from confinement from a jail, prison, juvenile facility, or other correctional institution or facility, or when such a person is convicted but not incarcerated, the sheriff, warden, or superintendent or, in the case of release from foster care or residential treatment or conviction without incarceration, the court shall do the following prior to release or sentencing of the convicted person:
a. Obtain fingerprints, the social security number, and a photograph of the person if fingerprints and a photograph and the social security number have not already been obtained in connection with the offense that triggers registration. A current photograph shall also be required. Additional information for a person required to register as a sexually violent predator shall include, but not be limited to, other identifying factors, anticipated future places of residence, offense history, and documentation of any treatment received by the person for a mental abnormality or personality disorder.
b. Inform the person of the duty to register.
c. Inform the person that, within ten days of changing residence, registration with the sheriff in the county in which residence is established is required, if the residence is within the state.
d. Inform the person that if the person moves the person's residence to another state, the person must give the person's new address to the sheriff's department in the county of the person's old residence within ten days of changing addresses, and that, if the other state has a registration requirement, the person is also required to register in the new state of residence, not later than ten days after establishing residence in the other state and to verify the address at least annually.
e. Require the person to read and sign a form stating that the duty of the person to register under this chapter has been explained. If the person cannot read, is unable to write, or refuses to cooperate, the duty and the form shall be explained orally and a written record maintained by the person explaining the duty and the form.
2. When a person who is required to register under this chapter is released from confinement from a jail, prison, juvenile facility, or other correctional institution or facility, or when such a person is convicted but not incarcerated, the sheriff, warden, or superintendent or, in the case of release from foster care or residential treatment or conviction without incarceration, the court shall verify that the person has completed initial registration forms, and accept the forms on behalf of the sheriff of the county of registration. The sheriff, warden, superintendent, or the court shall send the initial registration information to the department within three working days of completion of the registration. Probation, parole, work release, or any other form of release after conviction shall not be granted unless the person has registered as required under this chapter.
If the offender refuses to register, the sheriff, warden, or superintendent shall immediately notify a prosecuting attorney in the county in which the offender was convicted or, if the offender no longer resides in that county, in the county in which the offender resides of the refusal to register. The prosecuting attorney shall bring a contempt of court action against the offender in the county in which the offender was convicted or, if the offender no longer resides in that county, in the county in which the offender resides. An offender who refuses to register shall be held in contempt and may be incarcerated following the entry of judgment by the court on the contempt action until the offender complies with the registration requirements.
3. The sheriff, warden, or superintendent or, in the case the person is placed on probation, the court shall forward one copy of the registration information to the department and to the sheriff of the county in which the person is to reside within three days after completion of the registration.
4. The court may order an appropriate law enforcement agency or the county attorney to assist the court in performing the requirements of subsection 1.
95 Acts, ch 146, §5; 96 Acts, ch 1132, § 4; 96 Acts, ch 1134, § 8, 9; 97 Acts, ch 128, §4; 98 Acts, ch 1169, §9, 10
Referred to in § 692A.3, 692A.16
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