Sex Crimes Defined in South Dakota

How South Dakota law defines sex crimes and categorizes offenders

South Dakota has pages of statutes when it comes to crimes that will land someone on the sex offender registry.

But exactly how those intersect with daily life isn’t black and white.

As part of an ongoing series exploring how South Dakota handles sex crimes, victims and offenders, the Argus Leader takes a closer look at how the law applies to thousands of sex offenders tied to the sex offender registry.

That means they’re required to register addresses every time they move as well as their jobs. They cannot live within 500 feet of schools, pools and public parks, known as community safety zones. Even if they don’t move often, offenders are still required to register twice a year.

Each crime is categorized as one of three tiers, which then is used to figure out if the offender will be able to get off the sex offender registry at some point in time.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common types of crimes under those statutes, what they mean and their penalties, to better help understand how sex crimes are handled in South Dakota.