Question: When is a convicted sex offender added to the sexual offender registry in Wisconsin?

Answer: A person is required to register with the sex offender registry upon conviction for an offense defined as a sex offense. Sex offense includes various sexual assault offenses against both children and adults. In addition to the specific offenses laid out in the statutes that require registration, a judge has the discretion to order a person to register as a sex offender for other offenses. If the court does this, it must find that the underlying conduct of the charged offense was sexually motivated and that it would be in the public interest for the person to register.

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