In 1996, with the passage of 13 VSA, Chapter 167, Subchapter 3, the Vermont Sex Offender Registry was established at the Vermont Crime Information Center (VCIC).
Local law enforcement agencies and the Vermont Crime Information Center are authorized to release relevant registry information to the public when the requestor can articulate a specific concern about their safety or the safety of another. State statute requires that the requestor provide the name of a subject as the basis for the query. Queries made to law enforcement agencies or VCIC may not be done by street address, town or county.
Information in the Registry may also be disclosed to the following agencies, organizations, or persons:
- Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies exclusively for law enforcement purposes;
- State and federal governmental agencies for the exclusive purpose of conducting confidential background checks;
- Any employer, including a school district, who is authorized by law to request records and information from the Vermont Crime Information Center where such disclosure is necessary to protect the public concerning persons required to register under this subchapter;
- A person identified as a sex offender in the registry for the purpose of reviewing the accuracy of any record relating to him or her.
The Registry is prohibited from releasing lists of offenders in response to general questions regarding the whereabouts of sex offenders in a particular community. The identity of a victim shall not be released.