WA sex offender website to go live

Police Minister Liza Harvey has announced that State Government's public sex offender register is set to go live.

Ms Harvey said the website provided any member of the public with access to photographs and certain information on the State's most dangerous, absconded and serious repeat sexual offenders.

"The first tier is available to any member of the public who wants access to photographs and details of reportable offenders who have absconded," she said.

"Under the second tier a member of the public can make an application and will be provided with a photograph of any repeat child sex offenders and those deemed dangerous offenders residing in their locality and adjoining suburbs," Ms Harvey said

Ms Harvey said the third tier allowed a parent or guardian to inquire with WA Police whether a specific person, who had regular unsupervised contact with their child, was a reportable offender.

The Minister warned it was an offence to make a false application on the website in an attempt to obtain information without a lawful right to access this information - an offence punishable by up to seven years imprisonment.

Mrs Harvey also warned the public against vigilante behaviour towards these offenders, saying WA Police would investigate such behaviour and persons could be prosecuted.

"I encourage people to not misuse the information provided by the website," she said.

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